WARSAW, Ind. (WLS) — The group was shocked Sunday night time when members of the boys’ membership hockey group had been significantly injured in an accident.
The group was in Warsaw, Indiana, for a weekend hockey match when police mentioned the college’s bus was hit by a half-mast Saturday night time whereas the group was returning to the resort.
Video from our ABC57 subsidiary in South Bend reveals the in depth injury.
“The truck driver ran a red light. We know we injured 16 students and hospitalized five,” said St. Ignatius President John Chandler.
At that time there were 23 students on board. At least one student was thrown from the bus.
“We had 16 students injured, 5 had been hospitalized, and by this level everyone seems to be recovering, however some for a for much longer time than others,” Chandler said.
Chandler said everyone is expected to be fine, but some of those five students in hospital have had surgery and are facing lengthy recoveries.
“Right now, prayer is an important factor,” Chandler added.
Police believe alcohol was involved. Warsaw police said officers detected a strong smell of alcohol coming from the semi-trailer truck. The 58-year-old truck driver, who they say swerved and accelerated before hitting the bus and overturned, failed a sobriety test and was arrested. He now faces possible felony charges after an arrest warrant was issued against his blood draw.
The school rallied around these families and relied on faith to get them through.
“We respect the respect for the privateness of those households and actually ask for prayers,(*16*)Lots of people in our group have come ahead and mentioned, ‘What can we do?’ And that’s the nice present of the St. Ignatius group.”
A mother or father of St. Ignatius is doing what she will be able to to assist. In addition to being the mom of two St. Ignatius students, she is an lawyer who has labored on quite a few trucking negligence circumstances, served as a Senate commissioner for the Move Over Task Force, and earlier than the House of Representatives for harder trucking laws has testified
Elizabeth Kaveny is now providing free authorized recommendation and counseling to affected households.
“It was just panic, just panic,” Kaveny mentioned. “What should I do? How can I fix this?”
Now that her two worlds had been colliding, she knew she might and had to assist.
“They have to go through an entire criminal trial in another state, and some of them will seek a civil trial in that state or in Indiana. So a lot of them are going to struggle with what they want to do next,” she mentioned. “I’ve already spoken to a couple of families who just wanted to cry with me and they just said they didn’t know what they needed, they didn’t even have any questions but they just wanted to cry and tell me what it is happened. I just said, ‘I know, I know. It’ll be alright, it’ll be alright, you’ll be alright.'”
The faculty informed ABC7 that a few of the households have since returned to Chicago, whereas others could have to remain for some time whereas the critically injured students get well in hospital.
There might be a prayer service on Monday at 10:30 a.m.
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