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Car accident kills four

MELFORT, Sask. — A tiny town in central Saskatchewan has been devastated by a single-vehicle crash Thursday that claimed the lives of a woman and three little girls and has left two other girls in a coma.

The vehicle the woman was driving veered off a secondary highway near Melfort, Sask., and flipped over into a water-filled dugout.

Pauline Boyer, the mayor of St. Brieux, Sask., said she and her husband, Paul, believed the group had been travelling either to or from a children’s birthday party in Melfort, where young ones like to celebrate at the area’s only swimming pool.

Two of the children belonged to the woman driving; the other three were from different families in the small community, which has a population of about 500.

All of the children were seven or eight years old.

“It will affect most people in the community,” said Paul Boyer. One of the girls who died was his the daughter of his wife’s cousin.

“We know them all.”

 
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