A bus carrying a junior hockey team, the Humboldt Broncos, collided with a tractor-trailer in Canada on Friday evening, leaving 15 people dead. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said there were 29 people on the bus at the time of the crash, including the driver. The 14 people who were not killed were injured, three critically. The victims have not yet been identified; junior league hockey teams are generally for athletes ages 16 to 21. The Broncos were headed to the town of Nipawin for a playoff game.
“I cannot imagine what these parents are going through, and my heart goes out to everyone affected by this tragedy, in Humboldt community and beyond,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a tweet late Friday.
What we know
- A bus carrying members of the Humboldt Broncos, a junior league hockey team, collided with a tractor-trailer on Friday evening while the team was on the way to a playoff game. The collision took place on Highway 35 north of Tisdale.
- A total of 29 people were on the bus, including the driver. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirmed 15 people were killed and the other 14 were injured, three of them critically. Among the dead are Broncos head coach Darcy Haugan, team captain Logan Schatz, and radio announcer Tyler Bieber.
- “This is a very involved investigation and, due to the large amount of evidence, information, and the number of victims, this work will take some time,” RCMP Saskatchewan Assistant Commissioner Curtis Zablocki told reporters on Saturday afternoon.
- Kevin Garinger, president of the Broncos, confirmed the crash in a statement. “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,” he said. “Our Broncos family is in shock as we try to come to grips with our incredible loss.”
https://t.co/ZktI5WOLsj Here is a statement from our team president.— Humboldt Broncos (@HumboldtBroncos) April 7, 2018
- Saskatchewan premier Scott Moe said in a Facebook post that “words cannot describe the loss that we feel tonight” and called for prayers for the families.
- Prime Minister Trudeau expressed his condolences as well.
I cannot imagine what these parents are going through, and my heart goes out to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy, in the Humboldt community and beyond. https://t.co/2cIn2CTy08— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) April 7, 2018
- A verified GoFundMe page has been set up to help support the victims and their families.
- US President Donald Trump tweeted his “respect and condolences” to those affected.
Just spoke to @JustinTrudeau to pay my highest respect and condolences to the families of the terrible Humboldt Team tragedy. May God be with them all!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 7, 2018
What we don’t know
- The exact circumstances of the crash.
- The identities of all those killed and injured.