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Junior hockey team bus crash in Canada leaves 15 dead and 14 injured, police say

Junior hockey team bus crash in Canada leaves 15 dead and 14 injured, police say
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The president of the Humboldt Broncos, a Canadian junior hockey team, made a statement on Saturday and called the accident that killed 15 people and injured 14 more “a tragedy” that is “unprecedented and overwhelming.” AP

Fifteen people died and 14 more were injured in a crash involving a bus carrying a junior hockey team in Saskatchewan, Canada, and a semi truck, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The RCMP, who initially said 28 people were on the bus, clarified to say 29 people, including the bus driver, were on the bus containing the Humboldt Broncos, during the 5 p.m. crash, according to Saskatchewan RCMP assistant commissioner Curtis Zablocki. The rest were taken to a hospital. Some of the people are in critical condition, Zablocki said. The driver of the semi-truck was not injured.

Authorities announced that a 15th person had died as a result of the collision on Saturday afternoon. 

Zablocki said that the initial investigation has revealed that the semi-truck was traveling west on Highway 335 as the team bus was going north on Highway 35.

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A crash between a transport truck and a bus carrying a junior hockey team in Western Canada left multiple people dead and others seriously injured, Canadian police said late on Friday. (April 7) AP

More: Hockey community mourns tragic Humboldt Broncos junior team bus crash that killed 14

The team has players ages 16 through 21, according to the team’s website.

The crash occurred less than 20 miles north of Tisdale, Saskatchewan.

The Humboldt Broncos were on their way to play the Nipawin Hawks in a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League playoff game.

The driver of the semi-truck was detained initially, according Zablocki.

“The driver is not in custody,” Zablocki said. “As part of the process of the investigation, the driver was detained initially. Our investigative processes were implemented and the driver subsequently is being released.”

The Nipawin Hawks announced on its Facebook page that Friday night’s game had been canceled due to accident involving the bus of the opposing team.

 

“Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the families of our staff and athletes as well as to all who have been impacted by this horrible tragedy,” Humboldt Broncos team president Kevin Garinger said in a statement. “Our Broncos family is in shock as we try to come to grips with our incredible loss.”

Darren Opp, president of the Hawks, said a semi T-boned the players’ bus.

“It’s a horrible accident, my God,” he said. “It’s very, very bad.”

Opp said the coaching staff and players from the Hawks were waiting to help.

“They are sitting in the church just waiting to hear any good news,” he said. “I’ve got 50 phone calls at least saying ‘what do you want?’

“There’s uncles and moms and dads waiting to hear whether their sons and nephews are OK.

“It’s terrible. It’s absolutely terrible.”

President Trump tweeted that he had offered his condolences to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday afternoon.

Trudeau also expressed his own sadness in a tweet Friday night.

Contributing: Associated Press

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