Canada hockey-bus crash leaves 15 dead, Alaska teams stunned

Joanna Estrada
April 11, 2018

"There is no playbook on what to do in cases like this".

Fourteen people who were aboard the bus have been taken to hospital, and two of them are still in a critical condition. We are not confirming the identity of the victims at this time, including whether the deceased are players or coaches.

Charlie's Charters posted on Facebook about the bus driver's death.

The bus was carrying a junior hockey team when it collided with a tractor-trailer Friday evening, according to police. The father of one of those injured tweeted a heart-wrenching photo of some of the players holding hands in their hospital beds.

According to RCMP, the bus was travelling northbound on Highway 35 when it collided with the truck approximately 30 kilometres north of the small town of Tisdale. He was detained initially but is not now in custody and his case is not now being investigated as a criminal investigation.

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said he found the news "difficult to comprehend". "It's too early to comment on the cause of the collision".

The Ministry of Justice for Saskatchewan province said the mistake occurred partly because all the Broncos players had dyed their hair blond for the team's appearance in the playoffs and because all the young men had similar builds.

A team bus carrying fans was also headed to Nipawin for the game.

The crash sent shockwaves through the hockey worlds both of Canada - where the sport is considered akin to a religion - and the United States, which has 24 professional teams in the National Hockey League.

"At this point, I just want to reach out and support the families", Garinger said. "We appreciate all that", said Rob Mensch, the Humboldt mayor. "At the center of this, we have 15 souls who'll never go home again".

The Broncos are a close-knit team from the small city of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, which has a population of about 6,000. He had previously played with the Regina Pat Canadians but, when the Regina team's season wrapped up, he was sent to join the Broncos for their playoff round. Most of the others list their hometowns as being in the province of Alberta.

Others killed include Broncos captain Logan Schatz, defenceman Stephen Wack and forwards Jaxon Joseph and Logan Hunter. You come to the rink. what's better than that?

"We talked to him, but he said he couldn't feel his lower extremities so I don't know what's going on", she said.

Expressions of sympathy poured in from around the globe. Emergency services and Victim Services representatives will also be on site.

In a statement released on April 7, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, "to the entire Humboldt community: We are here for you".

Garinger said parents were rushing to the scene as they struggled to cope with the tragedy. "May God be with them all!"

The coroner misidentified two of the Humboldt Broncos hockey players involved in a fatal bus crash, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Much of the hockey world issued messages of condolences, including Saskatchewan native Mike Babcock, who is the Toronto Maple Leafs coach.

A GoFundMe page was created for the affected players and their families on Friday by the mother of a former Broncos teammate with an initial target of $10,000.

Almost 3,000 people - half of the local population - attended the vigil at the Humboldt Broncos' arena, which began with an a cappella performance of the national anthem, echoed by the crowd.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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