Eight UW Cross Country, Track Athletes Killed in Car Accident

Sept. 16, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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Eight University of Wyoming students were killed and one was injured inan early morning two-vehicle collision 17 miles south of Laramie on U.S. 287 near Tie Siding.

The dead are Justin M. Lambert-Belanger, 20, Timmins, Ontario, Cody B. Brown, 21, Hudson,Colo., Kyle N. Johnson, 20, Riverton, Wyo., Joshua D. Jones, 22, Salem, Ore., Morgan J.McLeland, 21, Gillette, Wyo., Kevin L. Salverson, 19, Cheyenne, Wyo., Nicholas J. Schabron, 20,Laramie, Wyo., and Shane E. Shatto, 19, Douglas, Wyo. (Link to photos and biographies)

The injured student is Clinton G. Haskins, 21, Maybell, Colo. At the time of this release,Haskins was in intensive care at Ivinson Memorial Hospital.

According to Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP) reports, the eight fatalities were travelingnorth on U.S. 287 in a Jeep Wagoneer, Haskins was traveling south in a Chevrolet one-ton pickuptruck, the two vehicles collided at approximately 1:30 a.m. The accident remains underinvestigation, with no other details currently available.

"The loss of eight students and the critical injury of a ninth is a terrible blow to theUniversity of Wyoming community," says UW President Philip L. Dubois. "Today's tragedy hasstruck close to home. These were people we knew, whose families we know, members of theUniversity of Wyoming family -- young men who showed great promise for the future.

"In deepest sorrow I offer my condolences to the families and friends of the victims ofthis horrible accident and pledge our support for them," continues Dubois.

UW intercollegiate athletics records list the fatalities as members of the UW crosscountry and track teams. The student-athletes were traveling in a private vehicle and not aspart of a team activity. Haskins has been a member of the UW Rodeo Club, which has not yetstarted its season.

"We were deeply saddened today when we were informed that eight members of our men's crosscountry and track teams died in an early-morning car accident," says UW Athletics Director LeeMoon. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of these eight fine young men. We sharein their grief.

"These young men were such great ambassadors for our athletic department and ouruniversity, and it is so hard to realize that they are gone. We cannot fully express ourfeelings in words at a time like this. We want to make sure that we do everything we can tosupport the families and to provide support to all our student-athletes and coaches at thistragic time. The Wyoming Athletic family is a very close-knit group. We will need to rely onthe strength of each other to get through this tragedy."

University Counseling Center professionals will be available to assist students atWashakie Center beginning 9 p.m. tonight (Sunday). The center encourages members of thefaculty, staff, and student body to seek counseling support by calling 766-2187, counseling forstudent-athletes also is available from Athletics Counseling (766-5385).

The Campus Newman Center, in its 5 p.m. mass, will include prayers for the victims of thismorning's accident. The university will make known plans for a memorial service as soon asthose plans are developed.