Legacy football players return to practice following bus crash

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. — Football players from Broomfield’s Legacy High School were back on the field Tuesday, two days after a deadly bus crash sent many of them to area hospitals. With one of their coaches still hospitalized, players were doing their best to prepare for a big Homecoming game on Friday.

“It’s actually been rough because we have a lot of friends on the football team,” said junior Chris Adams.

The players, many of whom were inside the bus that crashed on Sunday, are still processing much of what they saw, heard and felt. Many are still trying to come to terms with a tragedy that took the life of their bus driver. The student athletes didn’t want to talk to reporters on Tuesday. Their injured coaches were top of mind.

“We heard that one of them was in a medically-induced coma,” said junior Sammi Dentino. “We’re all praying that they’re going to be OK, and that they’re going to come back soon.”

The hospital is limiting the amount of visitors for the remaining coach. By Tuesday evening, two coaches were back home from the hospital. One posted on Facebook that he was suffering from a concussion and a few fractures.

“It’s pretty surreal just because it actually happened [here],” said freshman Keira Dittrich. “You always see this kind of stuff, but it never happens to your people– your school.”

Starting Monday, students proudly showed off their school pride with #LegacyStrong. Counselors are still available to anyone who needs assistance, according to school administrators. Students, teachers and parents are hoping the spirit of Homecoming will continue to bring the teens together and help the healing process.

“I think that we’re blessed it happened on Homecoming week,” said Adams. “If it had happened any other time, I don’t think the school would’ve rallied as much.”

The school’s booster club is accepting donations for the crash victims’ medical bills and for the bus driver’s family. Money is being accepted at Legacy High School until 2 p.m. Wednesday. A public benefit block party will be held at the school on Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 2701 W. 136th Ave. in Broomfield.