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'Deeply saddened:' Student at Charles P. Allen High School in Bedford killed in car crash

The RCMP say a 17-year-old boy from Hammonds Plains is dead and another 17-year-old from the community has been released without charges after being arrested for dangerous driving.

Charles P. Allen High School in Bedford.

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Charles P. Allen High School in Bedford.

A 17-year-old boy and student at Charles P. Allen High School in Bedford is dead after a crash in Hammonds Plains Friday morning.

Nova Scotia RCMP say the boy was killed in a single-vehicle collision on Rochester Drive at 9:15 a.m.

“He was a passenger in a car when it lost control and overturned into a ditch adjacent to the roadway,” a police statement reads.

The driver was arrested at the scene for dangerous driving, and taken to hospital with minor injuries. He has since been released without charges.

Rochester Drive was closed to traffic Friday morning while an RCMP collision analyst examined the scene.

RCMP spokeswoman Cpl. Jennifer Clarke said the victim's family has been notified and they won't be releasing the boy's name.

She said the investigation is continuing and charges could still be laid at a later date.

In a message to parents Friday afternoon, Charles P. Allen High School principal Stephanie Bird wrote that school counsellors and psychologists are being made available to students in the coming days.

"Our staff and students are deeply saddened by his death, and we wish to express our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family," she wrote in the letter.

"Please be preared to allow your child to express his/her thoughts and feelings or to discuss this loss with you."

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