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One Townsend football player dead, 3 injured in rollover, homecoming games canceled

2013-09-21T00:16:00Z One Townsend football player dead, 3 injured in rollover, homecoming games canceledBy SANJAY TALWANI Independent Record Helena Independent Record
September 21, 2013 12:16 am  • 

A football player from Townsend High School was killed Friday afternoon and three of his teammates hospitalized after a rollover accident in Broadwater County Friday afternoon.

Broadwater County Undersheriff Wynn Meehan said the four were traveling on Ray Creek Road, which he described as a country dirt road east of Canyon Ferry Lake.

He said speed was probably an issue in the accident.

The pickup met an oncoming car at about 3 p.m. and swerved to avoid it, going down a slight embankment. The driver apparently tried to get back on the road and the pickup rolled over.

Two players riding in the pickup bed were ejected, killing one.

The game scheduled for Friday night between Townsend and Columbus was canceled, as well as cross-country meets and junior high and high school volleyball matches today.

The name of the deceased player was not immediately released. Meehan was not certain of the condition of the other three or where they were transported.

The other vehicle was not hit.

Meehan said more information would be available today.

Townsend Schools said in a press release Friday that counselors will be available for students and staff today in the high school lobby from 10 a.m. to noon and Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Additional counselors and support will be available when classes resume on Monday.

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  1. LindsayMarie
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    LindsayMarie - September 21, 2013 11:15 am
    Prayers to the family and friends of the victims.
  2. srpotenza
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    srpotenza - September 20, 2013 9:52 pm
    Such a hearbreaking tragedy for the school, the town, the families and the friends. Fortunately this is a fine and strong town which can be counted on to support each other.

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