A high school golf team in northern Michigan is dealing with unspeakable tragedy after a coach and player were among three people killed during a two-car crash Monday morning.
Jason Potter, 30, was driving a van with six members of the Grayling High School men's golf team to a tournament in Traverse City when it collided at an intersection with another van. Potter, the team's head coach, was killed in the accident along with 18-year-old team member Louis Menard.
According to reports, four other members of the team remained in critical condition as of Monday night. The crash also claimed the life of a 27-year-old passenger in the second vehicle.
'It was pretty horrific,' Michigan State Police Sgt. Dan Bailey told the Associated Press, noting the crash occurred around 11:30 a.m. Monday. 'There were three ejections and those bodies were laying around.'
Students at the school, which is approximately 200 miles north of Detroit, were notified of the crash Monday afternoon, and grief counselors will be at the school Tuesday.
'We do have classes because we believe the students need each other,' said Joe Powers, superintendent of Crawford AuSable Schools, who indicated that Potter was in his first year as the school's golf coach. 'We will have counselors throughout the building, including the hallway, so students can lean on adults they know and who they are comfortable with.'
A community vigil has reportedly been planned for Thursday, May 2 at Grayling Country Club. Mike Fortino, the club's general manager, noted that several team members had personal ties to the course.
'Some of the kids work here, have girlfriends here. Some of their mothers work here,' he explained, adding that his nephew was involved in the crash and suffered a broken jaw. 'The coach was new at his job. He was a personal friend. It's a bad day, a bad day.'