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This is so sad.  Two college football players and a 13 year old were killed in a car accident last night.  Our thoughts & prayers are with the families.
Details after the jump…




College football players from Texas A&M and the University of Utah were killed in a single-car accident in northern New Mexico on Monday night, according to officials from both schools.

Polo Manukainiu, a redshirt freshman defensive lineman at Texas A&M, and Gaius Vaenuku, an incoming freshman defensive tackle at Utah, were killed in a rollover accident near Cuba, N.M. A third person in the car, Andrew Uhatafe, 13, also was killed.

New Mexico State Police said the accident occurred when the driver over-corrected and the vehicle rolled several times. Police said alcohol wasn’t a factor and it appears the driver was the only one in the car wearing a seatbelt.

Police said Manukainiu and Uhatafe were ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. Vaenuku was transported from the scene, but was pronounced dead in an ambulance while en route to a hospital.

Another incoming Utah freshman and passenger in the car — offensive tackle Salesi Uhatafe — survived, as did his father, Salesi Sr. Uhatafe is Manukainiu’s stepbrother and Andrew “Lolo” Uhatafe’s brother.

The college football players were all graduates of Trinity High School in Euless, Texas. They were apparently traveling from Utah to Texas. Around 7:30 a.m. ET Monday, Manukainiu posted the following on his Twitter account: “22 hour drive back to Texas on no sleep. Oh my.”


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