Breaking: Former NHL tough guy severely injured after a horrific crash with semi-trailer truck

Oh no. Awful news. Sending thoughts and well wishes.

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Canadian sports giant TSN is reporting that former NHL defenceman John Erskine has been “seriously injured” after colliding with a transport truck in a horrific accident just outside the town of Napanee, Ontario.

From TSN:

The Ontario Provincial Police said in a statement that there was a collision at 12:48 a.m. on Wednesday in the eastbound lanes of Highway 401 near the town of Napanee. The OPP said its investigation revealed a pickup truck driven by a 38-year-old man from Elginburg, Ont., was driving the wrong way in the eastbound lanes when his truck collided with a transport truck.

It’s unknown at this time whether Erskine was the driver or the passenger of the truck, but TSN has reported that the driver of the vehicle has been arrested.

Erskine’s former agent, Pat Morris, confirmed that Erskine had been hospitalized and was attending a junior hockey game earlier on Tuesday night before the accident. 

Erskine played 491 games in the NHL with the Dallas Stars, New York Islanders and Washington Capitals between 2001 and 2014.