14 confirmed dead in junior hockey team bus crash

April 7, 2018 9:29 am

The RCMP confirmed 14 fatalities and 14 injuries in a collision involving a junior hockey team’s bus in Saskatchewan on Friday, with rescue efforts ongoing late into the evening. 


Police say there were 28 people on the bus at the time of the crash, including the driver. Three of the injuries are critical in nature. RCMP would not confirm whether the deceased were players or coaches as they work with partner agencies to notify and support families. 


The crash involved the team bus of the Humboldt Broncos, who were on their way to Nipawin for Game 5 of its SJHL semifinal series. The crash happened about 30 kilometres north of Tisdale, Sask., near the junction of Highway 335, when a semi-trailer collided with the bus, the RCMP said. 


The Hawks had been scheduled to play the Broncos on Friday night, but said on Facebook shortly after 6 p.m. CST that the game was cancelled because of the crash.


“Our community is in utter shock and we are trying our best to comes to grips with this unimaginable tragedy,” Broncos president Kevin Garinger said on Saturday morning.


Like others in the small community of nearly 6,000, he said he knew each of the young men and staff on the team personally, and had been billeting one of the players at his home. 


“This is much larger than anyone can begin to imagine.” 


Garinger had been in Edmonton visiting a nephew in the hospital, when he got a call from a fan, asking about reports of the crash. Once he started making phone calls, he learned of the extent of the collision.  


“We are just in utter disbelief and shock at the loss that’s fallen upon us.”


He said the entire Broncos organization wanted to share their “deepest thoughts and prayers” to those most impacted by the crash, as well as their thanks to the emergency personnel who responded to the crash. 



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Source: CBC News