Two teens die in 'after-hours' crash on Calgary bobsled track

Calgary police are investigating after two teens died and six others sustained injuries in what officials are calling an "after-hours incident" on a local luge and bobsled track.

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According to a police press release, emergency crews received a call at about 1:30 a.m. on Saturday from the WinSport athletics complex, which was closed to the public at the time.

Paramedics arrived within minutes to find a group of older teenage males at the site, EMS Public Education Officer Adam Loria said on Saturday morning.

The crews declared two teens dead on the scene, and quickly moved to triage six other injured victims, Loria said.

"The first paramedic crew was able to triage and immediately call for six additional ambulances," he said. "Unfortunately they determined that two of (the teens) were deceased on scene, given the injuries they'd sustained."

Calgary Police Sgt. Paul Wyatt said police believe the teens used a store-bought toboggan to slide down the bobsled run, but crashed into a gate midway down the track.

Wyatt said officials believe the "impact of the gate" caused the injuries and fatalities.

"At this point in the investigation, it's believed at least eight teenagers, all males, entered the property after hours and used a personal sled/toboggan in an attempt to go down the bobsled track," the police press release said. "Part way down, the group hit a large gate used to separate the bobsled and luge tracks."

Loria said crews worked in poor lighting and slippery conditions to tend to the injured teens.

Three were rushed to hospital in serious condition with "soft tissue injuries," and the other three were sent to hospital with minor injuries. None of the injuries are considered life threatening, Loria said.

Wyatt said the teens are suffering mental trauma from the event.

"They're severely traumatized themselves, never mind the injuries," he said.

Police looking for two other teens

Wyatt said police are currently reviewing security footage from WinSport Canada, and looking for two other teens who they believe may have been on site at the time.

"We believe there may have been two other people involved and we really need them to come forward," he said. "If they're out there and they made it down the hill or they've subsequently gone home, we want to get in touch with them."

Wyatt said police found two vehicles on site and are looking into whether they could be connected to the teens.

Police say WinSport Canada is cooperating with the investigation.

A tweet from the not-for-profit sports organization says the site's halfpipe and West Terrain park will be closed on Saturday, but that programs and lessons on the hill will continue as scheduled.



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