Four Canadians killed in Texas crash identified

KYLE, Texas -- Authorities say four people who died in a collision in Texas early Friday morning appear to be from Kitchener, Ont.

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Police say the collision was triggered by a vehicle travelling the wrong way on Interstate 35, in the community of Kyle, south of Austin.

Justice of the Peace Beth Smith says two men, a woman and a baby in a minivan died at the scene shortly after 1 a.m. She says two young girls in the minivan were hospitalized with injuries not considered life-threatening, but have since been released into the care of their family, who flew in.

Smith identified the dead as Margaretha Wall Hildebrandt, 27, Heinrich Martens, 31, Gerhard Hiebert Peters, 30, and 16-month-old Jacob Wall Hiebert.

She says firefighters extracted the surviving children from the seats of the car, which had been crushed in the wreck.

Smith says all of the children were properly strapped in car seats.

A spokeswoman from the City of Kyle says at least some of the Canadians appear to be from Kitchener.

She says the wrong-way driver, who was in a Honda Civic, may have consumed alcohol, but they're waiting on toxicology results to confirm that.

Smith says the driver of a Honda Civic is hospitalized in critical condition, and the driver of a pickup also involved in the wreck was treated at the scene.

-- With files from The Associated Press



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