Cumberland County Cool Blues players Tyler Collins (left) and Landon Crowe are lucky to be alive following a head-on collison near Amherst on Tuesday. Dave Mathieson - Amherst Daily News
SPRINGHILL - Two young Springhillers consider themselves lucky to be alive after being involved in a bizarre accident while heading westbound on Highway 104, not far past the Super 8 Motel.
Tyler Collins and Landon Crowe, two Cool Blues hockey players had left Springhill and were heading for a training session at the Wandlyn Inns when they noticed a car in front of them travelling at a slower rate of speed.
"The reason the car in front of us was going slow was because was because there was an older fellow that got mixed up going our way on the wrong side of the highway," said Crowe, who was a passenger.
Collins said he never saw the other car coming.
"I went into the passing lane and that's the lane he was in and we went - boom," said Collins, who was driving.
Collins said he looked over to the passenger side of the car and saw Crowe wasn't moving.
Fortunately for both of them, there was an ambulance going past on the other side of the highway at almost the moment of impact.
"I jumped out and hollered to them, 'He's not moving, he's not moving'," Collins said with his voice full of emotion. "If they weren't on the scene as quick as they were I don't know what I would have done because I couldn't believe what I was seeing."
The paramedics then asked Collins to jump in the back seat of the car and hold Crowe's neck.
"I was talking to him telling him it would be alright," Collins added. "I was telling him it will be alright, that I'll be by your side, and that I'll be there for you."
Crowe said, "I'll be there for you too bud."
The dash on the passenger side was pushed down and right into Crowe's hips.
He suffered a concussion and the paramedics thought maybe he had broken legs but the X-rays turned up negative.
Because of the concussion, Crowe doesn't remember the accident itself but says he is going to the doctor next week to see if he suffered ligament damage to his knees.
Interestingly, Crowe was placed in the same hospital room as the 79-year-old man who was driving on the wrong side of the highway.
"Last night I had some mixed emotions when I was in the same room, but when you think about it, it was an older fellow there," Crowe said. "There might have been something going on, he might not have been healthy, but I don't understand how you can be so mixed up and keep going down that highway with all the cars coming at you. Maybe he thought it was a two-lane highway."
Ron Reynolds coaches the two young men says the most important thing is that they are fine and they will soon recover and be back playing hockey.