A teenage boy was killed in a two-vehicle collision early Sunday morning in Pouch Cove, N.L., that also sent two more people to hospital.
Shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday, Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officers responded to a report of an accident on Main Road, just north of Vale Drive, in the town on Newfoundland's northeast Avalon Peninsula.
When they arrived, according to a statement from police Monday morning, they found two vehicles involved in the collision, a black Honda Civic and a white Hyundai Santa Fe. The Pouch Cove volunteer fire department and an ambulance service also responded.
A 16-year-old occupant of the Honda Civic was pronounced dead at the scene, the police said. Two more male occupants of the Civic were taken to the Health Sciences Centre in St. John's, one with serious injuries and one with non-life-threatening injuries.
Pouch Cove Mayor Mark Vardy said the news was shocking for his small community, as well as the surrounding communities in the Cape St. Francis District — including Bauline, Flatrock, Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove and Torbay — where he said all of the kids go to school together.
"When it's a teenager or just a young life, it's just never expected and it makes the tragedy that much worse," Vardy told CBC News on Monday.
"It seems like every year there's always something that happens, and you're never ready for it. It's the shock, the sadness as a whole, it's just a terrible situation."
In nearby Torbay, Mayor Craig Scott told CBC News he heard about the crash from his daughter, who is the same age and went to school with the people involved in the crash.
"It's really difficult as a parent when you think about the other parents and going through that tragedy," Scott said.
"Our surrounding towns, we're all a pretty close-knit community here and all those kids go to the schools here in Torbay, so it's widely felt by everyone."
Police are asking anyone who witnessed the collision, or anyone with dashcam or security video, to contact the RNC or Crime Stoppers.
Earlier Monday morning, the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District offered its condolences to the family of boy killed in the crash, who was a former student at Holy Trinity Regional High School.
A statement from the district said the school would be open from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Monday with its crisis response team — which usually includes the school's guidance counsellor, educational psychologists and other relevant staff — available for people who need support.
"When it's so close to home it just hurts that much more," Vardy said.