Two brothers have died after breaking into an Olympic park and crashing a bobsled.
Jordan and Evan Caldwell, both 17, died after their sled crashed into a gate at the Canada Olympic Park in Calgary. At least eight teenagers had broken into the park during the night and used a personal sled/toboggan in an attempt to go down the bobsled track.
The twins died at the scene while the other six were taken to hospital, some with serious injuries. In a statement, the boys’ family said “we were reminded today that life is but a vapour. Life is precious, life is fragile, and we must redeem the time we’re given.”
Read the full statement from Calgary Police:
We are currently investigating a double fatality at WinSport following an after-hours incident on its luge/bobsled track.
Emergency crews were called to the property around 1:30 a.m., on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, for a report of several injured people on the closed track. At this early 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. Part way down, the group hit a large gate used to separate the bobsled and luge tracks.
Two of the males died at the scene. The remaining six were taken to hospital for injuries ranging from minor to serious. Due to their injuries, police have not been able to identify many of the victims and, therefore, next of kin has not been done.
Our Traffic Reconstruction Unit has been brought in to help with the investigation, which will include officers from the Centralized General Investigations Section.
Investigators are working to determine how the teens entered the property and what led up to the decision to enter the closed track.
WinSport Canada is cooperating with the investigation, including supplying any CCTV footage that may assist with determining how and why this occurred.