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Two die after cheer team van crashes

September 14, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Two people were killed and 14 injured when a van carrying high school cheerleaders rolled on a southern Arizona interstate, and two other vehicles crashed behind the wrecked van.

The three coaches and eight cheerleaders in the van were traveling from San Manuel to Tombstone, about 70 miles away, for a football game, which was later canceled.

The van's driver swerved to miss a dog, causing the van to roll, the Department of Public Safety said of the crash about 10 miles west of Benson. An SUV slowed to avoid the crash, and was struck by a tractor-trailer behind it, killing two passengers in the SUV.

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