A lone cross now sits in vigil over a highway crash scene that claimed the lives of six teens just south of Lloydminster early Saturday morning.

Mounties were responding to what would have been a fairly routine call of a semi rolled along Highway 17, just on the east side of the Alberta-Saskatchewan border.

What they found instead was a tanker truck carrying crude, which had careened off the road surface and a car submerged in a slough nearby. Inside the vehicle were five teens, all declared dead at the scene, and a sixth outside the car who later succumbed to his injuries in hospital.

Mounties say all the victims were between 13 and 17 years of age.


UPDATE: Saskatchewan RCMP have confirmed that also killed in the crash are Aimie Candace Hurley, 14, from Lloydminster, Mackenzie Moen, 14, from Lloydminster, Naomi Salas-Schafer, 13, from Lloydminster, Kristopher Tavener, 17, from Marshall, Sask. and Jayden Boettcher, 16, from Marshall, Sask. and Tarren Attfield, 15, from Lashburn, Sask.

The cross that now stands at the site of the fatal crash reads, "R.I.P. Tarren Attfield Love Mom, Angel, Dad."

tarren attfield

Friends remembered Attfield - who according to his Facebook profile is a resident of Lashburn, Sask., a town of approximtely 900 people and located 35 km southeast of Lloydminster -- through posts on Twitter.

Meanwhile, flags flew at half mast in the city of Lloydminster, where some of the victims are reported to have resided.

The town of Marshall, Sask., a small oil and gas town just south of Lloydminster was reeling after news of the tragedy, according to a report by The Edmonton Sun.

Brent Underwood, owner of Marshall Hotel, spoke with the Sun and choked up as he described seeing RCMP speaking with relatives of victims of the crash at the local Legion branch.

“I know them all,” Underwood said of the victims.

“People I know are coming in distraught and leaving more distraught.

“It’s just knowing all these people, seeing all the sadness and still not knowing the facts."

Investigators are probing the scene of the crash, but Mounties say they have not yet determined what caused the collision.

The semi driver is the only survivor of the violent crash and is in hospital with undetermined injuries, Mounties said. They cautioned it may be months before it's clear what led to the crash.

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  • Naomi Salas-Schafer

    Naomi Salas-Schafer is shown in a handout photo, released on Sunday July 28, 2013. Salas-Schafer is among the six teenagers who were killed in a car crash Saturday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

  • Tarren Attfield

    Tarren Attfield is shown in a handout photo, released on Wednesday June 26, 2013. Attfield is among the six teenagers who were killed in a car crash Saturday.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, RCMP

  • Mackenzie Moen

    Mackenzie Moen is shown in a handout photo, released on Sunday July 28, 2013. Moen is among the six teenagers who were killed in a car crash Saturday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

  • Jayden Boettcher

    Jayden Boettcher is shown in a handout photo, released on Tuesday June 18, 2013. Boettcher is among the six teenagers who were killed in a car crash Saturday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, RCMP

  • Aimie Candace Elizabeth Hurley

    Aimie Candace Elizabeth Hurley is shown in a 2010 photo, released on Sunday July 28, 2013. Hurley is among the six teenagers who were killed in a car crash Saturday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, RCMP

  • Kristopher Tavener

    Kristopher Tavener is shown in a handout photo, released on Sunday July 28, 2013. Tavener is among the six teenagers who were killed in a car crash Saturday.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

  • Crews work to pull a semi out of a pond that was involved in a collision with another vehicle near Lloydminster Saskatchewan on Saturday July 27 2013.

  • A trapped up vehicle sits on a trailer after it was involved in a collision with a semi near Lloydminster Saskatchewan on Saturday July 27 2013.

  • Crews work to pull a semi out of a pond that was involved in a collision with another vehicle near Lloydminster Saskatchewan on Saturday July 27 2013. RCMP now say six people died in a collision involving a semi and another vehicle near Lloydminster, Sask.

  • Crews work to pull a semi out of a pond that was involved in a collision with another vehicle near Lloydminster Saskatchewan on Saturday July 27 2013. RCMP now say six people died in a collision involving a semi and another vehicle near Lloydminster, Sask.

  • Tarren Attfiled has been confirmed as one of the victims in the crash. He was from Lashburn, Sask.