How the Bathurst Tragedy Ignited a Crusade for Change
John Cleland's son Nathan died six years ago. So did 6 of his high school basketball teammates, and his coach's wife. The van they were travelling in crashed outside their hometown of Bathurst, New Brunswick. The accident shattered families and a close knit community. Today ... how a story of heartbreaking loss prompted a crusade for change.
They played as a team and rolled as a team and they went out as a team. No better way to go than to be with your friends under circumstances like this. I think that's how our families are going to get through this. - John Cleland, Father of victim Nathan Cleland
Six years ago, seven members of the Bathurst High School basketball team and the wife of the coach died after their mini-van skidded into the path of a tractor trailer. After the crash, two mothers of boys killed in the accident led a campaign to find out what happened that winter's night.
- Richard Foot tells their story in the book Driven: How the Bathurst Tragedy Ignited a Crusade for Change. He was in our Halifax studio.
- Isabelle Hains' son Daniel was killed in the accident that took place six years ago this weekend. She joined us from Bathurst, New Brunswick.
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This segment was produced by The Current's Howard Goldenthal.