Three people are dead and six more are hospitalized after two vans collided on County Road 612 east of Kalkaska.
The crash happened around 11:15 at the intersection of Crawford Lake and County Road 612. According to the Michigan State Police, a silver van with seven people inside was traveling northbound on Crawford Lake and a white van with three occupants was traveling eastbound on County Road 612.
Authorities have confirmed that the silver van was carrying the Grayling High School boys golf team. The coach, 28-year-old Jason Potter, and one player, 18-year-old Louis Menard were killed in the crash. Five other passengers were taken to the hospital, including 18-year-old Mason Key. The three other players names are not being released because they are minors.
They also say 27-year-old Cassandra Stapleton, who was in the white van died, one was injured and another, a three-year-old, was not hurt.
Police say the two vans collided at the two way stop at the intersection. They say speed was a factor for both cars in the crash.
The superintendent of Crawford-Ausable Schools released the following statement to 7&4 News about the crash:
"This is a very sad day as our golf team was involved in an accident. The entire Crawford Ausable family's thoughts and prayers are with the families of the students, coach, and the members of the other vehicle. We are anxiously awaiting details from the State Police."
The road was closed for about 4 hours.
The community is organizing a vigil for the Grayling golf team and friends, family, community members. You're encouraged to come show support and love for each other and everyone involved in this tragedy. The event will be at the Grayling Country Club at 6:00pm on Thursday, May 2, 2013.