Saskatchewan

We went off the road at about 2pm, on our way from Brandon MB (where we had played the night before), to Regina SK (where we were to play that night). Kris, Steph, and Sam were taken to the hospital in Broadview SK, and the rest of us stayed with the RCMP and waited for the tow truck driver, picking through the frozen snow to collect strewn belongings, and trying to keep the instruments warm in a pile covered in blankets. The wind blew viciously, the freed sheet metal of the trailer flapping menacingly in the wind. Jon, Barry, Geoff and Matt huddled in the shelter of the trailer and sorted through things, jettisoning garbage and broken items. Underneath the trailer the ground was soaked deep red, a broken 10L bag of homemade wine. 

After about 2 and a half hours the tow truck came and righted the van. We got everything packed back into the trailer that we could salvage, and they towed the van and trailer to Whitewood SK, only a few kms up the road. The RCMP gave us a lift, and when we got there the good people of OK Tire graciously allowed us to keep our instruments in the warmth of their vehicle bay, and to keep our gear in the lobby past close. Once we had booked a couple of motel rooms at the nearby Quest Motel, they even helped us shuttle our bags in their truck to the safety of our rooms. 

The boys didn't get back from the hospital until a few hours later, waiting for a hospital worker to get off work who offered to give them a ride. That night we buckled down in the motel, drank a bunch of apple pie that had survived the crash, and watched The Last Waltz on Barry's laptop. 
Kris's finger needed to be looked at in Regina the next morning by a plastic surgeon to see whether a skin graft would be necessary. The only issue with this was that Whitewood SK (Pop.950), despite being right on the Trans-Canada, is a very difficult place to get in and out of. We called the nearest taxi service in Esterhazy SK, which said it would be $340 to Regina. There is nowhere to rent a car anywhere near Whitewood and it was nearly 200km to Regina. Only one bus leaves each day in either direction, and the one headed West was scheduled for 4:05am.

We stayed up after the movie and all walked down to the 24-hour gas bar which is also the greyhound stop. All of us were there sitting and waiting for the bus, trying to keep our spirits up. At 4:30, still no bus, but the attendant assured us that they always call if it the wait is more than an hour. 5:05, still no bus. Finally a little after 5:30 the bus came and Kris rode off to Regina with Barry and Sam to accompany him.

Barry passed out from exhaustion after the day's activities in the truck stop diner booth:


The boys got to Regina, and were done with the hospital by 10am. They could have caught the daily greyhound back East at 11am, but we had a ride-share to bring them back at 12:30pm so they didn't worry about it. In the interim, a fan from Regina found the boys a place to crash, as they had been up for nearly 26 hours and were pretty devastated. 

The 12:30 ride-share fell through, but we found them another one at 6pm... which also fell through. It turned out that they would have to spend the night in Regina, but that where they were currently sleeping wasn't an option. They crossed town to get to Quin Desjardins', who put them up for the night, and in the morning they would catch the greyhound back to Whitewood.

Meanwhile, back at the OK Tire, Geoff, Steph, Wiewel and Jon worked at organizing a way home, dealt with the remains of the vehicle and getting it scrapped, and went through the van and trailer, salvaging what they could, and bringing everything back to their tiny motel room.


Both Kris' and Matt's parents live in Winnipeg, and they graciously saved us from being trapped in Whitewood by braving the 800km round-trip journey to pick us up, in both a truck and a rental van. The Greyhound from Regina was of course delayed again, this time for 2 hours, but by the end of the Friday night we were all very relieved that everyone was safe in Winnipeg. 

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  • Shelley

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    Glad you guys are safe. Sorry to hear about the accident. Kris I hope your finger heals well and soon. Take care guys.

    Glad you guys are safe. Sorry to hear about the accident. Kris I hope your finger heals well and soon.
    Take care guys.

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