DARWIN: KEEPING THE GENE POOL CLEAN FOR MILLENNIA

Two more, brothers this time, purged from the pool.

You’ve got to feel for the family, though.

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Teenage twin brothers died after using their own sled to go down a bobsled track after-hours at the Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.

Jordan and Evan Caldwell, both 17, crashed into a large gate used to separate the luge and bobsled tracks, police said.

Six other teenage boys were injured on the same track and taken to hospital.

The twins’ families paid tribute to them in a statement

‘We were reminded today that life is but a vapor,’ the family said.

‘Life is precious, life is fragile, and we must redeem the time we’re given.

‘Our boys Jordan and Evan were bright lights to all who knew them. We are grieving their loss but confident in their new home of heaven. Our brief 17 years with them were a gift: filled with much love, laughter and fond memories.

‘They leave a huge void and will be sorely missed.’

An employee of the Olympic park called emergency crews at 1:30am on Saturday and said there were several injured people on the closed track.

Many of the teenagers could not be identified due to their injuries, Calgary police said in a Facebook post.

Survivors are ‘severely traumatized’, Sergeant Paul Wyatt told CBC. Investigators are waiting to talk to them at the hospital.

Police are investigating how the group entered Canada Olympic Park.

A man who lives near the track told CBC the road leading to the park used to be closed at night, but is now open at that time.

Canada Olympic Park, owned and operated by WinSport Canada, hosted events during the 1988 Winter Olympics. Several World Cup events are held there.

‘I have heard of incidents of people coming into the park,’ WinSport Canada CEO Barry Heck said during a news conference Saturday evening.

‘I do not personally know of any incidents of anyone being on the sliding track.’

Heck called it ‘the most tragic day in WinSport’s history’. The company plans to conduct its own review in addition to the police’s investigation and will release any surveillance footage that may help.

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4 Responses to DARWIN: KEEPING THE GENE POOL CLEAN FOR MILLENNIA

  1. dekare says:

    I bet these guys reached speeds of at least 50-60mph. A crash in a car at these speeds is pretty horrific. These guys were not in a car, and were essentially squishy pink missles that exploded on impact. The article even said that the responders to the accident could not identify those hurt due to the extent of the injuries. That is bad. I bet the literally “exploded” on impact. Not a pretty sight.

  2. bogsidebunny says:

    Way to go, Mr. D.

    Darwin nails a “TWO-FER”!

  3. Steamboat McGoo says:

    First – I have to admit the 9-yr old kid-that-used-to-exist-where-I-now-stand would have jumped at the chance to run my sled (and myself) down one of those toboggan thingys. Oh, hell yes!

    Second – I can’t help but to envision those kids getting up from the accident, all Slinky Spring -like and bobbing alternately tall & short (with a wheezy accordion sound, of course)- and wobbling around like in a Roadrunner accident.

    Yes. Yes I grew up loving Roadrunner cartoons. Why do you ask?

    ” We were reminded today that life is but meat paste,’ the family (should have) said.

  4. bobf says:

    Kids probably did that dozens of times but it only takes once to crash and kill yourself.

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