West Lafayette High School teen dies in crash, three other students injured

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Photo of Christian Burns courtesy of the Lafayette Journal & Courier

4 Fast Facts

  • Christian Burns was traveling with 3 classmates when their car left the side of the road.
  • Burns died in the crash.
  • His three classmates were injured and hospitalized.
  • Burns was set to run in the state track and field finals on Saturday.

WHITE COUNTY, Ind. – A high school student from West Lafayette was killed and three of his classmates were injured following a crash in White County early Tuesday morning.

The crash occurred near the intersection of County Road 450 West and White County Road 700 South around 1 a.m.

Christian Burns, 17, was a passenger in a car with three of his classmates when, for an unknown reason, the car left the road, rolled several times, and hit a metal utility pole.

The driver and the other two passengers, all 17-years-old, were transported to various hospitals for treatment. The incident is still under investigation.

West Lafayette Community School Corporation Dr. Rocky Killion says all four people are students at West Lafayette High School.

Killion released the following statement:

The West Lafayette High School community suffered a tragic loss last night when Christian Burns passed away. It is a very sad day for our school community. The thoughts and prayers of the entire West Lafayette Community School Corporation family go out to the Burns family.

Christian was a wonderful young man who was the epitome of courage, strength and kindness.  He will be greatly missed by all, especially his friends and teammates.

Please keep the Burns family in your thoughts and prayers.

According to the Lafayette Journal & Courier, Burns played football and was on the track team. He was set to compete in the state finals in Bloomington on Saturday as a member of the 4-x-100 relay team.

Burns’ father, Eric Burns, is the West Lafayette City Attorney.

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