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Truck hits Yale-Harvard tailgaters, killing 1

November 19, 2011 | 12:29 pm

A U-Haul rental truck driven by a young man accelerated into a tailgate area at the Yale-Harvard football game in Connecticut on Saturday, killing one woman and injuring the two others.  

The truck entered a parking area at the Yale Bowl and for unknown reasons accelerated and hit the three women before crashing into other vehicles, said New Haven Police Department spokesman David Hartman.

A 30-year-old woman from Massachusetts was taken to a nearby hospital where she later died, Hartman said.

Another woman, a 30-year-old from New Haven, was taken to the hospital and is in serious but stable condition. The third woman was being treated for minor injuries.

The driver of the truck was being questioned Saturday afternoon by New Haven police officers. His name and age were not released, Hartman said.

Photos from witnesses at the scene showed several kegs of beer and alcoholic beverages inside two parked U-Hauls in the tailgating area. It was not clear whether the U-Haul involved in the accident also contained alcohol, the Hartford Courant newspaper reported.

More than 5,000 parking spaces were sold for Yale's 128th game against rival Harvard University, according to a release from Yale.

A crowd of more than 50,000 people was expected to attend the event, known simply as "The Game," and began congregating in the tailgating area around 8:30 a.m., the Courant said.


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