Texas A&M, Utah Players Killed In Car Crash

Source: Mark Schlabach /  ESPN

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 overcorrected 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 en route to a hospital.

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