14 killed as truck plows into bus carrying Canadian hockey team

14 killed as truck plows into bus carrying Canadian hockey team

Last night, the mayor of Humboldt, Rob Muench, said he and others went down to the Uniplex soon after they heard the news.

"There is no playbook on what to do in cases like this". Three of the injured are said to be in critical condition. "Obviously, the people nearest to them are having the greatest impact but it's a time for everyone to lend their support in whatever way they can".

They have since confirmed the bus was carrying 29 people, including the driver, after originally reporting 28.

"The driver has subsequently been released".

"I'm nearly a little more shook up about this accident than I was with our bus accident previous year", Bechard said.

Nipawin RCMP along with police officers from the surrounding detachments and specialized investigational support units have been on the scene of the collision.

The Humboldt Broncos were travelling to Nipawin for a playoff game against the Nipawin Hawks.

Humboldt, located at the junction of Highway 5 and Highway 20, has a population of roughly 5,600 people. It kind of hits home because I think everyone has been on these buses. "At our core, we are one small town, neighbours, friends and families".

"It's going to take a lot of courage", he said.

"And it's always a thought in parents' and fans' minds about what could happen, and unfortunately it has happened in Humboldt".

"There's connections everywhere it seems, it's a tight-knit family in hockey", said Chilman, who said she also knew the assistant coach of the team who was involved in the crash.

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National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman said the NHL mourned the passing of those who died "and offers strength and comfort to those injured while traveling to play and be part of a game they loved".

The Broncos team is comprised of 24 players, all from Canada, with the youngest age 16 and the oldest 21. Most of the others list their hometowns as being in the province of Alberta.

"We are heartbroken and completely devastated by the tragedy that occurred yesterday", Broncos team president Kevin Garinger said Saturday.

"God bless Darcy Haugan for being an incredible mentor and coach to young hockey players and prayers for his family to help cope with their huge loss", the Western Provinces Hockey Association wrote on Twitter.

Many people wandered in and out of the arena during the day.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the Broncos and their families. "You come to the rink. what's better than that?"

"Now I don't know what goes on now".

"We are not confirming the identity of the victims at this time, including whether the deceased are players or coaches", Nipawin RCMP said in a statement.

Expressions of sympathy poured in from around the globe.

"An entire country is in shock and mourning", Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.

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