Death toll in Canadian hockey team bus crash rises to 15

Death toll in Canadian hockey team bus crash rises to 15

The collision, which left 15 dead and 14 others injured, occurred Friday when a truck collided with a bus carrying the junior hockey team to a playoff game in northeastern Saskatchewan. "There is no playbook on what to do in cases like this". Fourteen survivors were still in hospital, with some in critical condition, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said. Our aunts, uncles, parents - they're coaches, trainers. Twenty-nine people were on the bus.

Of 28 people on the bus, including the driver, 14 others were taken to hospital with injuries. He was detained initially but is not now in custody and his case is not now being investigated as a criminal investigation.

"It's a awful accident, my God", Opp said.

A vigil is being planned in Ladner to coincide with one held at the Humboldt Broncos' home arena tonight.

The players were travelling to the sixth game of their league's semi-final series when a transport truck broadsided their bus on a rural Saskatchewan highway.

This tragedy hits to the core foundation of all involved in hockey and its fabric within Canada.

"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 terrible tragedy".

Humboldt Mayor Rob Muench, wearing a green and yellow team Broncos jersey, hugged people Saturday morning as they came to the Elger Petersen Arena to comfort each other. Dennis Locke, his wife and three young children came to the arena to hang posters of forward Jaxon Joseph, who is the son of former National Hockey League player Chris Joseph. "We've become like a family and try to help each other". Thirteen of the Humboldt Broncos players are from Saskatchewan, 10 are from Alberta, and one is from Manitoba. Daigon Elny, a member of last year's team, told CBC, "We were a family". "Every day he came to the rink his energy was positive". "I can't imagine what everyone's going through back in Saskatchewan, and what's happening there".

Canadian police said the truck driver was initially detained but has since been released and provided with mental health assistance.

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Expressions of sympathy poured in from around the globe.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his condolences on Twitter.

In a tweet, President Donald Trump said he called Trudeau to offer his condolences to the families of victims. "May God be with them all!" "It is sort of every parent's worst nightmare", he said.

The team is part of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL), which is open to players aged 16 to 20.

The crash has cruel echoes of 1986, when the Swift Current Broncos team bus slid off an icy highway and crashed in late December, killing four players. A memorial to those players was erected at the crash site in 2016.

All of Canada mourns with Humboldt and the families affected. "We know that the coroner and their office needs to do their work and let families know".

Perhaps the most famous player to hail from Humboldt, Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Glenn Hall, said no words could convey how he felt after learning about the tragedy.

The coaches at CrossFit Basinview fine-tuned the details of a workout meant to reflect the tragic circumstances tearing through the small Saskatchewan town. "He has been taken away from us much, much too soon".

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