Hockey player Ryan Straschnitzki of Humboldt Broncos, paralyzed after a bus accident that killed 16 people, is taken by his father, Tom, while his mother, Michelle, walks alongside Calgary, Alta, Wednesday, April 2018.
It was a terrible experience for the survivor of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash Ryan Straschnitzki last week, as the bus that took him home after physical therapy was terminated by a truck.
Straschnitzki, 19, was one of 13 survivors on April 6 when a team bus was hit by a semi-trailer at a crossroads north of Tisdale, Sask.
Sixteen people died.
Straschnitzki, who was paralyzed from the chest in the accident, is attending physio four times a week in Calgary.
His mother says he was returning to his home in Airdrie when the accident occurred.
"Your shuttle bus was involved in a collision. By itself, it would be traumatic for anyone. For Ryan and ultimately Tom and I (on the other side of his connection with SOS), it was devastating, "wrote his mother Michelle Straschnitzki on Facebook.
"The kind of heart that steals your heart while you're still breathing."
The accident occurred on an access ramp to Airdrie, north of Calgary, on Monday, she said.
She said the impact of the vehicle was so shocking that she threw it from her wheelchair to the ground.
"More than that, it made his serious PTSD run into overtime. Carrying it back to April 6. With that sharp memory in his head, along with a million other thoughts, he called his father. Tom answered the speaker, "wrote Straschnitzki.
"My mind panicked. In my defense, when your son is crying and apoplectic, with his mind on his teammates and shouting "please live" – Tom was the most useful father that night. And that was not on April 6, that was in November. My nightmare started again.
Tom Straschnitzki says he was able to calm his son and ran to the scene of the accident to get him. He said that, fortunately, Ryan was not the worst to wear.
"Fine," he told the Canadian press.
"This was a more difficult request than April 6."
Michelle Straschnitzki, who has lobbied for safety belts on the team's buses, said she hoped this latest crash would alert drivers who are not paying attention.
"I never want to hear another call from our children, like this one." "Please, people, pay attention, go to the conditions, follow the signs, signs and warnings.
"Never make another family go through this absolute hell. Please."