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GoFundMe campaign set up for Saskatchewan couple injured in highway crash

GoFundMe campaign set up for Sask. couple injured in highway crash
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to support Ashley and Matt Klassen who were hurt in highway crash near Prince Albert Saturday. Credit: GoFundMe

A Saskatchewan woman is in hospital in critical condition after a highway crash on Nov. 2.

Ashley and Matt Klassen — a couple from Christopher Lake — were driving to Regina for the Saskatchewan Roughriders game when they were involved in a head-on collision 15 kilometres north of Prince Albert on Highway 2 around 8 a.m.

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RCMP said a car going northbound crossed the centre lane and hit their vehicle.

Matt is recovering in a Prince Albert hospital. He has a bruised kidney, but is expected to make a full recovery. The driver of the car was also hurt.

Ashley, however, is in serious condition at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon.

“[She] had to go in for surgery for internal bleeding and hasn’t woken up since,” long-time family friend Megan Shmigelski said.
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“She’s had strokes — she’s supposed to go for another surgery actually — it’s devastating — it’s not Ashley anymore.”

To make things worse, Ashley’s dad passed away a week ago after a 15-year battle with brain cancer.

“The family is still grieving that as well,” Shmigelski said.

Late Sunday after a hospital visit, Shmigelski organized a GoFundMe campaign to support the couple — who also has a one-year-old boy — and their family.

“Glad I found something I can help with because I felt really helpless in that room,” she said.

As of Tuesday afternoon, it’s raised more than $10,000.

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“They’re just a very generous and kind family and they’re never going to ask for help,” Shmigelski said. “They’re also never going to leave her side and I knew they were all taking time — unpaid time — off of work.”

“They’re a very close family and I know that’s going to help her more than anything is having her family right there with her,” she said.

RCMP said the crash is still under investigation.