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Two Calgary teens dead after toboggan crash on WinSport's COP bobsled track

The teens hit a gate that separated the bobsled and luge tracks at Canada Olympic Park

Two teens died after a personal sled carrying eight hit a gate separating the bobsled and luge tracks.

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Two teens died after a personal sled carrying eight hit a gate separating the bobsled and luge tracks.

Two teens are dead after they and six others collided with a gate while using a personal toboggan after hours on the bobsled track at Canada Olympic Park.

Police and EMS were called to the WinSport Canada bobsled track around 1:30 a.m. Saturday after a report of several people being injured on the closed track.

According to police, eight male teens entered the property after hours and used a personal sled to attempt to slide down the bobsled track. Part of the way down they hit a gate used to separate the bobsled and luge tracks.

Two of the teens died at the scene. Six others were transported to hospital, and EMS said three suffered from multiple serious soft-tissue injuries and three suffered minor injuries. All injuries were considered non-life threatening.

Due to the injuries, police have not been able to identify the teens and therefore next of kin hasn't been notified.

The CPS Traffic Reconstruction Unit has been brought in to help with the investigation. Police are trying to determine how the teens got onto the property. They said at an early morning media briefing that they're looking for two others who may have witnessed the incident.

WinSport Canada is cooperating with the police in the investigation and have supplied CPS with CCTV footage.

WinSport issued a statement early Saturday morning on the tragedy.

“On behalf of WinSport, I would like to express our sincerest sympathies to the families of the two deceased. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families," said Barry Heck, President and CEO of WinSport.

“WinSport is working closely with the Calgary Police Service in their ongoing investigation. In addition, WinSport will conduct its own review of the incident."

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