Edmonton hockey team bus crash leaves 2 in hospital
27 people hurt after bus rolls near Hinton, Alta., Sunday
An Edmonton hockey player and a bus driver are still in hospital after a bus carrying a midget hockey team from the city rolled over Sunday near Hinton, Alta.
"His parents are with him and they're just making sure he's good to go before they let him out of the hospital," said Betty Chmilar with the Edmonton Minor Hockey Association.
The bus was carrying 19 players, five team officials and three parents when it rolled 20 kilometres east of Hinton, on Highway 16 near Obed Summit.
The rollover happened at 1:15 p.m. when weather was poor, with rain and wet snow falling, said Deputy Chief Dwight Seymour of Hinton Fire and Rescue.
The bus hit a slippery patch, skidding into a ditch and rolling, coming to rest upside down in the eastbound lane, he said.
Everybody on the bus was taken to be treated at Hinton Hospital.
Two of the most seriously hurt were admitted to hospital while the others were assessed, treated and released on Sunday.
"They're pretty stiff this morning, all of them," said Chmilar.
The Lakewood Chevrolet AA Midget team was heading to a game in Hinton.
"Whenever your kids are travelling by bus you're concerned about weather conditions and things like this, where the roads deteriorate in a very accellerated manner, it's just something you're not expecting," said team director Ken Arndt.
The team is based out of the South Side Athletic Club in Edmonton.
The club was struck by tragedy two weeks ago when 16-year-old Kyle Fundytus, who played for the Don Wheaton AA Midget team, died after being hit in the neck by a puck.
"It's been a long month of bad news for south-side athletic club with the passing of their friend Kyle Fundytis and now this," said Nicole Royer, whose son, Jean-Francois, was on the bus, but wasn't badly hurt.
The team is returning to Edmonton Monday morning.