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7 Feb, 2016 17:38

Teenage twins killed on Calgary’s Olympic bobsled track

Teenage twins killed on Calgary’s Olympic bobsled track

Twin teenagers died Saturday after sneaking onto the bobsled tracks from the 1988 Winter Olympics in the Canadian city of Calgary.

Evan and Jordan Caldwell, 17, were killed after a “personal sled/toboggan” slammed into a gate between the bobsled and luge tracks.

Six other boys were also injured. Three are in serious condition.

Police said in a Facebook post: “Due to their injuries, police have not been able to identify many of the victims.”

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Emergency responders were called to the Calgary Olympic Park at about 1:30am.

“We’re working to determine how they entered the property, what led up to the decision to enter the closed track. We don’t have a lot of details as to what really went on other than they went down the track and several were injured and two were deceased,” Inspector Kelly Campbell said.

The crews found it difficult to reach the scene of the accident, due to the slippery conditions.

Teenagers, ranging from ages 16 to 19, were found injured on the track. The twins were pronounced dead at the scene.

Six more ambulances were called to the scene to take the six survivors to the hospital.

The Caldwell family released a statement late Saturday.

Barry Heck, Winsport CEO said, “I’ve heard of incidents of people coming into the park. I do not personally know of any incidents of people being on the sliding track.”

He said he is working with authorities and providing CCTV footage to understand what happened.

The bobsled track can yield speeds of up to 100km/h (60mph), but visitors must ride the bobsled track with a professional.