Teenage twins killed on Calgary’s Olympic bobsled track
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.”
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.
In honour of Jordan & Evan Caldwell, two memorial sites have been created. We welcome you to pay respects at the top of the start house -1/2— WinSport (@WinSportCanada) February 7, 2016
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.
These are the boys who died on Calgary bobsled track. 17. Twins. "Life is but a vapour," says family, "...fragile." pic.twitter.com/hrk1fcLUl9— Kate Adach (@KateMedia) February 7, 2016
"Our boys Jordan & Evan were bright lights to all who knew them. We are grieving their loss but confident in their new home of heaven."— Meghan Grant (@CBCMeg) February 7, 2016
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.