Students hurt in rollover

by Derek Cornet

Several members of the La Loche Community School Lakers football team were transported to hospital recently after the bus they were travelling in flipped on its side during a trip home.

The incident occurred Sept. 4 at about 9:45 p.m. after the team departed from Pinehouse Lake. Principal Stephen King said the bus hit a pothole 20 kilometres north of Buffalo Narrows on Highway 155 and overturned. Eight players and two coaches were inside the vehicle. Five students were transported to hospital by ambulance and one was airlifted to Saskatoon. Dianna Janvier underwent surgery in an attempt to save her leg, but her mother, Dawn Janvier, said Dianna’s right leg was amputated Sept. 5.

“I’m not sure how long she’ll be in the hospital,” Janvier said when contacted Monday. “She’s awake. She came out of another surgery yesterday (Sept. 7).”

Janvier said this football season was the second year Dianna was on the team. She said Dianna wanted to play the sport, so she supported her daughter’s decision.

Another student involved in the crash was Dianna’s cousin, Ricky Janvier. His mother, Rebecca, said her son suffered a spinal cord tissue injury as well as cuts and bruises as a result of the incident. When Ricky’s mother received news of the crash, the worst case scenario raced through her mind.

“I just hoped and hoped I didn’t lose another child,” she said. “I felt really bad. I was scared.”
Dianna is also Rebecca Janvier’s niece. Rebecca Janvier said their family in La Loche were thinking of her. She also said the whole community has Dianna in their thoughts.

Meanwhile, King denied the vehicle the students were travelling in was a 15-passenger van as described by RCMP. He said the vehicle resembles a bus and is more stable and less top-heavy than a 15-passenger van.

King was also unsure how the team would proceed through the football season. The students were returning home from their first game of the school year and still have three games remaining this month. The Lakers were scheduled to play against the Green Lake squad on Sept. 8, but the contest was postponed. While some players will be off the field for weeks, if not longer, King hopes the school can continue in the Northern Saskatchewan Football League.

“We still haven’t had the discussion on how to proceed,” King said. “The coaches are in shock and need to regroup. We might have to invited other students to join the team, but we won’t be making any hasty decisions.”

“I just hoped I didn’t lose another child,” she said, referring to a child she lost a few years back.

She also said other family members in La Loche were thinking of her niece, Dianna.

Meanwhile, King denied the vehicle the students were travelling in was a 15-passenger van as described by RCMP. He said the vehicle resembles a bus and is more stable and less top-heavy than a 15-passenger van.

“It’s a very difficult time for all of us,” King said. “When we send students on a trip, it’s meant to be a positive event.”

According to RCMP, the assistant coach – who was a passenger in the van –  was a member of the La Loche detachment. The vehicle was being driven by a school teacher while a second vehicle travelling behind the bus also included a police officer and another assistant coach.

The Lakers were scheduled to play Green Lake Sept. 8, but the contest was postponed. While some players will be off the field for weeks or longer, King hopes the school can continue to field a team in the league.

“We still haven’t had the discussion on how to proceed,” King said. “The coaches are in shock and need to regroup. We might have to invite other students to join the team, but we won’t be making any hasty decisions.”

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