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Ignatius is scheduled to pray for hockey players injured in an accident

Two St. Ignatius College junior hockey players remained hospitalized Monday in Indiana after a collision with a semi-trailer that overturned the team bus after a hockey tournament in northwest Indiana.

School officials said the remaining 14 players on the school’s junior varsity hockey team were treated and sent home after the violence Saturday night accident in Warsaw, Indianaabout a two-hour drive from Chicago.

A public prayer for hockey players will be celebrated in the Church of the Holy Family at 3:30 p.m., the press secretary said. School counselors trained in mountain counseling also work at the school for students, she added.

The two students, whose condition has stabilized after initially being listed in critical condition, may remain in the hospital for three to five more days, according to a spokeswoman for the private Jesuit high school. A third student, who was in critical condition, was released Sunday night, the spokesman said.

The Wolfpack junior hockey players were in Indiana for a hockey tournament in Culver, Indiana, according to police. After dinner in Warsaw, 23 students, two coaches and a driver went to the team’s hotel. Authorities said the truck driver ran a red light on U.S. Route 30 and collided with the right rear of the bus, police said.

As a result of the accident, the bus overturned on its side, one student was thrown from the bus, the Warsaw police informs. Injured team members were treated at the scene before being transported to area hospitals.

The driver of the truck, Victor Santos, 58, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury, a Level 5 felony, police said. Police said Santos failed a field sobriety test and refused to consent to a chemical test before police obtained a search warrant, allowing hospital staff to draw blood for analysis.

Just before the crash, police said they received reports that the truck was swerving, speeding and going off the road on U.S. Route 30 entering Warsaw, according to police.

The truck driver was driving a semi from New Jersey.


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