Station Apologizes for Britney Spears Hoax

From Times Staff Reports

A Dallas radio station that caused an international stir when it falsely reported that teen pop stars Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake had been killed in a car crash in Los Angeles apologized Wednesday, the Dallas Morning News reported.

"Last night, this radio station erroneously reported an incident involving Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake" of pop group 'N Sync, KEGL's recorded message said. The station apologized "for any confusion this erroneous report may have caused."

The report by disc jockeys Kramer and Twitch caused news reporters and hundreds of distraught fans from as far away as Australia to flood police and fire phone lines in Los Angeles.

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