Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Five People Killed after Van Hits Truck, Veers off Road and Bursts into Flames

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Five People Killed after Van Hits Truck, Veers off Road and Bursts into Flames

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Five die after van bursts into flames

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WHITBOURNE, N.L. - Police say five people were killed when the van they were in collided with a truck, veered into a ditch and burst into flames in eastern Newfoundland.

RCMP in Whitbourne today confirmed the number of deaths in the accident near the Long Harbour overpass at about 6 a.m. Tuesday.

The collision involved a pick-up truck and a passenger van, but police didn't offer any further details about the people inside.

Police say the van was on fire when they arrived, preventing them from getting close to it for several hours.

Jamie Budden, the fire chief with the Whitbourne volunteer fire department, says it's among the most serious incidents his volunteers have ever responded to.

"By the time we arrived on scene and put out the fire it was basically a recovery (of bodies)at that point," he said. …

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