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Evanston Student Injured in MN Crash that Killed 3

All were Carleton College students. The SUV they were in spun out on an icy road.

An Evanston college student was injured in a crash Friday afternoon in Minnesota in which three of his fellow students were killed, according to the Star Tribune.

William Sparks, 20, of Evanston, was driving an SUV on an icy road when it spun out and was hit by an oncoming semi around 3 p.m., according to an article in the Chicago Sun-Times. Three of his Carleton College classmates were killed and another was injured in the crash.

Neither alcohol nor excessive speed appear to have been factors, the article says.

Sparks was listed in stable condition as of Friday night, the Star Tribune article states.

He is a sophomore and a graduate of Evanston Township High School, according to his bio on the Carleton website. He’s also on the swimming and diving team.

The students killed were James Adams, Michael Goodgame and Paxton Harvieux. Conor Eckert was injured and is also in stable condition. The crash occurred less than three miles from campus, according to the school's website.

“We offer our most heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of James, Michael and Paxton, and we hope and pray for the full recovery of Will and Conor,” Carleton President Steven G. Poskanzer said in a statement on the school’s website. “The collective Carleton soul aches for the loss of these three young men. Right now, we need to focus all our love and compassion on supporting the families and friends of all these young men, along with everyone in our community who cares for them.”

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Eric Lieberman March 01, 2014 at 08:56 PM
As an Evanstonian and former Carleton student my heart grieves over this!
Beth Wyatt March 01, 2014 at 09:38 PM
My heart goes out to the families.

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