Canadian bus tragedy victims' family suffer yet another blow that worsens their pain
Life can be ruthless and it is up to every single person on the planet to try and make it better in any way they can. But, sometimes, people make mistakes.
Recently, on Friday, April 7, 2018, a Canadian bus carrying members of the Humboldt Broncos, a junior hockey team, collided with a tractor-trailer truck. A total of 15 people lost their lives that day.
The families were immediately notified and the process of finding out who was still alive began. The wounded were taken to the hospital while the dead were transported to Saskatchewan's Coroner's Office, as reported by Today.
The autopsies were made and the relatives of the deceased were informed of their passing. But identifying the bodies of the players wasn't easy due to numerous factors.
Canada hockey team crash: 'Entire country in shock' at tragedy https://t.co/ely2UEKUu4— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) April 7, 2018
They were all around the same age, 18, had the same build, and had their hair dyed blond as part of a playoff ritual; plus, they were severely wound, so much that some of their parents couldn't even recognize them.
According to the source, two of the players, Xavier Labelle, an 18-year-old defenseman, and Parker Tobin, an 18-year-old goalie, had their identities switched. The latter perished in the crash but it was reported otherwise.
New shock in Canadian bus tragedy after victim and survivor mixed up https://t.co/4KU1Juz7ZU— TODAY with Hoda & Jenna (@HodaAndJenna) April 10, 2018
The authorities realized the mistake on Sunday night and reached out to the families of the young men. Drew Wilby, the Ministry spokesman, issued an apology for the error, and the Coroner's Office followed his example.
As reported by Today, it was certainly a heavy blow for the two families, especially the Tobins, but it was revealed that they were 'grieving together' and that they wouldn't want to focus on the confusion but on the 'unimaginable tragedy.'
Ron MacLean, a Canadian hockey broadcaster, was in the hospital room with the Tobins and said that Labelle was so badly injured that it wasn't surprising to see the parents believe that he was their son.