Jake Voracek is thankfully not injured after a terrifying car accident in the Czech Republic on Wednesday. The Flyers confirmed the news, first reported by Czech publication iSport, that Voracek collided his blue Ferrari with a truck on a road near Kladno, his hometown.
"I spoke with Jake this morning," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said in a statement. "He was involved in a car accident in the Czech Republic. Although his car did suffer damage, there were no injuries. Jake is fine."
The car "suffering damage" is putting it lightly, as you can see above courtesy of the local police. iSport has even more scary photos over on their site.
It appears as though the accident was Voracek's fault. The truck was travelling the opposite direction on the narrow road and slowed down, while Voracek was speeding and couldn't slow down in time to avoid a collision.
As you can see in the photos on the iSport page, the front of the truck on the drivers side shows damage, indicating that Voracek's car clipped the front of the truck before spinning into the ditch on the side of the road. A rough translation of the iSport story says that alcohol was not a factor. The driver of the truck was uninjured as well, thankfully.
This feeling is all too reminiscent for us. Just three summers ago, Danny Briere and his son Cameron were traveling home from Philadelphia to Quebec when Briere dozed off on Interstate 81 near Binghamton, N.Y., side-swiping a tractor trailer and barely avoiding tragedy.
And of course, we'll never forget the tragic story of Pelle Lindbergh, who died when, after a night of drinking with teammates in 1985, he crashed his Porsche into a wall on Somerdale Road in Camden County.