UMATILLA - A vehicle carrying members of the Umatilla High School girls basketball team crashed Sunday night, killing a 17-year-old girl.
Christina Forshee died of injuries sustained in the crash after she was thrown from the 2000 Ford Ranger pickup. She was not wearing a seat belt, police reported.
A teammate, Austin Harvey, was hospitalized for observation because of a concussion. Two other players, Kassandra Pankey and Katherine Henry, were treated and released, according to Deputy Kevin Rau of the Marion County Sheriff's Department. All three were 17 years old.
The accident occurred when the vehicle left the roadway on a curve. Henry, who was driving, attempted to bring the truck back onto the road but lost control, causing the vehicle to roll.
The basketball team, composed of incoming juniors and seniors, was on its way to a residence in the Jefferson area where they were staying while attending a basketball camp at Oregon State University. The crash occurred roughly three miles west of Jefferson on Talbot Road.
A crisis team has been formed to help Umatilla High School students cope with the loss. It was available at the high School starting at 1 this afternoon.
"This is going to be a real difficult thing," Umatilla High School Secretary Mary Ellen Tracey said.