Memorials set up for twins who died in crash on Calgary bobsled track

The sports facility where twin brothers crashed and died on a bobsledding track has set up two memorials for mourners looking to pay their respects.

See Full Article

Jordan and Evan Caldwell, 17-year-old twins, were killed in an after-hours accident at the WinSport Canada Olympic Park in Calgary early Saturday morning.

According to police, the brothers and six other male teens gained access to the park after it had closed for the night, and attempted to slide down the bobsled track on a personal sled or toboggan.

Midway down the course they collided with a gate. Jordan and Evan were killed, and the other teens were injured.

In a statement on Saturday night, the Caldwell family expressed their grief over the sudden loss.

"Our boys Jordan and Evan were bright lights to all who knew them. We are grieving their loss but confident in their new home of heaven. Our brief 17 years with them were a gift: filled with much love, laughter, and fond memories," the statement said. "They leave a huge void and will be sorely missed."

Both boys were previously employed at the WinSport park, where they worked as "Hill Ambassadors" last winter, WinSport President and CEO Barry Heck said in a statement.

Like much of the Calgary community, Heck said WinSport employees are mourning the deaths of their former co-workers. The organization has set up two memorials where mourners can pay their respects: one at the top of the hill at the eastern edge of the start house deck, and one at the 1988 Olympic plaque at the top of the stairs from the Frank King Day Lodge parking lot to the bobsleigh track.

"I want to once again offer my thoughts and prayers to all the families involved in yesterday's tragedy," Heck said in his statement. "My heart goes out to everyone involved in this tragic event."

Following the incident, WinSport has closed the entire sliding track indefinitely and the park is also putting up extra fences.

'Outstanding young men'

Speaking with The Canadian Press, a family member described Evan and Jordan as model students who were headed for successful futures.

"They were outstanding young men. They had straight-A averages and had scholarships to several universities, and they were just really fine boys," the family member, who asked not to be identified, said.

On Sunday, both the boys' schools released statements echoing the praise.

"Jordan, a grade 12 student and our Student Council President, has been an inspiration and respected leader in our school community," a statement from Westmount Charter School's Mid-High Campus Principal Janneke Frank said.

According to the statement, Evan also attended Westmount at one point, but spent his Grade 11 and Grade 12 years at Ernest Manning High School.

On Sunday, both schools expressed their condolences and said that counselling would be available for students affected by the tragedy.

"We will provide particular attention and counseling for our senior students who were Jordan's closest friends, his peeps," Frank said.

Emergency call from the track

Investigators are piecing together exactly what happened on the night of the deadly crash.

On Saturday, paramedics said they responded to emergency calls from the track at about 1:30 a.m.

They arrived and declared the Caldwell brothers dead on the scene. The other teens were transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The other injured teens remained in hospital Sunday night, with some requiring facial reconstruction surgery.

Police said Saturday that they are reviewing CCTV footage from WinSport, and that the sports organization has been cooperative with the investigation.

Heck said his organization will also conduct its own internal review of the incident, though he said security measures at the track are already "robust."

With files from The Canadian Press



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • 'She has a nice smile': Trump compliments Irish journalist

    World News Toronto Sun
    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump interrupted a telephone conversation with Ireland’s prime minister to compliment an Irish journalist on her “nice smile.” Caitriona Perry is a Washington correspondent and U.S. bureau chief for RTE News-Ireland. She was in the Oval Office with other journalists to document the Tuesday call. Source
  • Appalachian wrestling's 'Progressive Liberal' might be the most hated man in sports entertainment

    World News Toronto Sun
    It was a strange sight, even for the "sport" of professional wrestling. A wrestler holding a microphone faced an Appalachian crowd before a match and began unleashing a torrent of insults, the nature of which seemed out of place at a pro wrestling tournament. Source
  • Supervisors suspended amid NYC subway derailment probe

    World News CTV News
    NEW YORK -- A subway train derailment that injured nearly three dozen people and sparked major delays is being blamed on human error, not a track defect, and two supervisors have been suspended while the matter is investigated. Source
  • Solar eclipse preparation keeping rural Kentucky town busy

    World News Toronto Sun
    HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. — Cross over the old Louisville & Nashville Railroad in this town remembered for its Civil War encampment and you’ll see the first signs — there’s fresh anticipation in the rural areas that will be prime viewing locations for the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse to sweep the United States in 99 years. Source
  • Man jailed after drywall powder mistaken for blow

    World News Toronto Sun
    What does drywall residue and blow have in common? Cops in Oviedo, Fla., think it's one in the same. It's why a handyman in the Sunshine State recently spent several months behind bars. Drug charges against Karlos Cashe were dropped this week after laboratory tests on substances found in the man's vehicle showed there were no drugs at the time of his arrest. Source
  • Lionel Desmond's family encouraged by meeting with N.S. health authority

    Canada News CTV News
    ANTIGONISH, N.S. -- A relative of a former Canadian soldier who killed three members of his family and himself six months ago says based on an internal review, he feels Nova Scotia's health authority dealt with Lionel Desmond's case "to the best of their ability. Source
  • Think lessons mean your kids are safe in the water? Think again

    Canada News CTV News
    Summer is here, school will soon be out and Canada’s short swimming season will be in full swing. But first, a warning: Swimming lessons for young children can result in parents who are too confident about youngsters’ ability to keep from drowning, says a child safety expert. Source
  • Prince William, Prince Harry to attend birthday service at their mother's grave

    World News CTV News
    LONDON - Prince William, his wife, Kate, and Prince Harry will attend a private service at the late Princess Diana's grave on what would have been her 56th birthday. In a brief statement, Kensington Palace said Wednesday that the July 1 service will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury and attended by Diana's family. Source
  • Preparations underway to bring dead whales ashore on P.E.I.

    Canada News CBC News
    The Canadian Coast Guard and Fisheries and Oceans Canada are getting ready in western P.E.I. to bring ashore at least one of six right whales recently found dead.Toxic algae may have caused the deaths of 6 right whales in St. Source
  • Trump says 'oui' to French leader's Bastille Day invitation

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump plans to celebrate Bastille Day in France. The White House announced Wednesday that Trump has accepted French President Emmanuel Macron's invitation to help celebrate France's national holiday on July 14. Source