Canada Olympic Park incident: what we know about the injured teens
As Calgarians mourned the loss of twin brothers who died after a tobogganing run that went awry at Canada Olympic Park, a local pastor shared details of some of the other injured teens at a Sunday service.
“As many of you know there is a sombre atmosphere that has filled the church this weekend due to a tragic event that took place at Canada Olympic Park on Saturday morning,” Rocky Mountain Calvary Chapel Pastor Quinn Davis said.
“There are many questions that are surrounding the events that have unfolded, the loss of life and the pain and the suffering that some are continuing to endure.”
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Davis said five of the young people in his community were part of the incident. He said Caleb Hettinga was among the injured, and has undergone hours of surgery. The pastor said Hettinga lost an eye in the crash, but still has vision in the other eye.
The pastor said Hettinga underwent an eight to 10 hour surgery Sunday morning.
“His face will be worked on because there is multiple fractures that they need to deal with,” Davis said. “He has lost an eye; he has no vision in one eye.”
Davis also named David Carr as one of the victims.
“I was on the phone between services talking to Clyde Carr, who is the father of David, who was involved in this accident,” he said during the service. “David had received some head and face trauma.”
Davis later told Global News Carr suffered no broken bones or brain injury, but received minor stitches.
Former Heritage Christian Academy basketball coach Carter Soriano said 17 year-old Mark Lyons is also among the group of teens who were injured.
The teens had broken into COP after hours and used a personal toboggan to try to go down the track at around 1:30 a.m. Saturday. Partway down, the group hit a gate used to separate the bobsled and luge tracks, police said Saturday.
With files from Global’s Tracy Nagai
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