WEST BROOKFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Three high school students died in a car accident in the Worcester County Town of West Brookfield Tuesday afternoon.
“It’s a huge tragedy,” Police Chief C.Thomas O’Donnell said.
The tight-knit community of West Brookfield is mourning the loss of the three teens who died Tuesday. The Worcester District Attorney’s office said their car rolled over when it hit a tree on Douglas Road.
All three victims were students at Quaboag Regional Middle High School in Warren, not far from the accident site.
Many people in town knew these students on a personal level.
“It’s a fact of life in this very small town that you’re going to know everybody and occasionally these things are gonna happen to people you know,” O’Donnell said. “And we’re doing the best we can for the community at large and making sure they can heal.”
One resident told 22News that he believes the community will come together to help the victims families get through this difficult time.
“We’re very upset about it,” James Pierce said. “And we’ll help in anyway we can.”
The cause of this accident is still being investigated. The names of the students haven’t officially been released.
Statement from Superintendent Kustigian:
November 7, 2017
Updated statement 8:30PM
Our district suffered a tremendous loss tonight. There was a very serious car accident involving three Quaboag High School students in West Brookfield.
Because the investigation is ongoing, I can’t release names, but I wanted the Quaboag community to know that we are here to support our students, our staff and our entire school community.
Please know that we will continue with our normal schedule tomorrow and grief counseling will be available for all students and staff. Quaboag is a special place where everyone knows each other and we will be there to support one another.
My thoughts and prayers are with the Quaboag community.
Initial press statement 5PM
I am aware of an accident involving 3 Quaboag High School Students. I am in constant communication with the state and local police departments. All inquiries regarding the accident are being referred to Assistant District Attorney Tim Connolly.
The Quaboag Regional School District crisis team has been notified and we are currently coordinating an effort to support our students and our school community tomorrow.
Brett Kustigian, Quaboag Superintendent