The sobering facts on life on the road became very apparent last week. You see last week, a group of young men from Humboldt, Saskatchewan climbed aboard a bus and headed out to play a hockey game. It started out like any other road trip. And like thousands of others who have ridden the busses across the Canadian prairies, it was expect to be a boring ride.
By now we all know what happened. In a horrible accident, a semi truck collided with the bus and one of the worst accidents in the history of not only hockey, but in all of Canada as well. The death toll is now at 16. Most of the young men were between the ages of 16 and 20. The sobering facts of life on the road.
Here in El Segundo we don’t travel those frozen prairies. Sure, sometimes we have to worry about heavy rain and the slickness of the road because of it, but generally Southern California is great for travel. So when parents load their kids onto busses to make it to the next game, weather isn’t a fear factor. But tragedy doesn’t rely on weather. It all boils down to paying attention and reaction skills.
I heard somebody say the other day that they wouldn’t let their kid travel. So, what do you do? Do you look little Johnny in the eye and tell him he can’t play ball this year? Do you pull them out of sports? Should they just stop playing in the band? What is the solution?
The sobering fact of life on the road is going to trickle down to communities across the country. Anyone who has a child who travels will be paying attention to this. Many will have a debate with themselves about whether they should ever put their child back on a bus? Is it safe? Will something like that happen to a bus that their little one is on? Can you blame them?
At the end of the day we can’t become a prisoner to our own thoughts. Thousands of kids have travelled roads all across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. They have played thousands of games and come home safe. Many have advanced their careers even to the pro levels.
The sobering facts of life on the road is that life sometimes happens. It is just sad and tragic when it happens like that. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those whose lives were affected by that.