Death toll in Canada bus crash rises to 15

08 April, 2018, 02:47 | Author: Alyssa Little
  • The scene of a deadly bus crash on a Saskatchewan highway is seen in

Fourteen people were killed when a bus carrying a Canadian junior hockey team collided with a truck in Saskatchewan province, police said on Saturday, sending shock waves across the hockey-crazy nation, APA reports quoting Reuters. Fourteen people were taken to various hospitals, with three in critical condition.

The Broncos play in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, an under-20 youth league that regularly produces NHL players.

Jaxon Joseph, 20 - whose father Chris Joseph is a retired National Hockey League player - was on board a Saskatchewan junior team's bus that crashed Friday after a collision with a transport truck. "I've got four other kids and they're here, which is nice". Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and communities affected by this terrible tragedy.

She said most of the players call it a home away from home, and the host families consider themselves extra parents with an added son. "Darren Opp, president of the Hawks, said a semi T-boned the players" bus.

"I can not imagine what these parents are going through, and my heart goes out to everyone affected by this awful tragedy, in the Humboldt community and beyond", Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted.

"These poor young boys", said Penny Lee, the communications manager for the town of Humboldt. That community and the other small communities around Saskatchewan, they live for hockey, and they drive that team and players love living there, and I speak from experience.

A crowdfunding campaign to help victims and families was launched Friday night and has raised over $256,000 as of 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

"Every Swift Current minor hockey team, and we did as well, we play with the clover with the four numbers on it (on our jerseys)".

His team's bus had hit a patch of ice and crashed while the hockey team was en route to Regina.

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The mayor said he talked on the phone with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who passed along condolences from world leaders.

"This is I would think one of the darkest days in the history of Saskatchewan, especially because hockey is so ingrained in how we grow up here", he said. "We know that the coroner and their office needs to do their work and let families know".

Kevin Henry, a coach who runs a hockey school in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, said people there are in shock.

STARS air ambulance has confirmed that they sent three helicopters to the scene. "I mean, personally, I was friends with their coach, and I know Darcy did not survive", Dyck said.

Jets centre Adam Lowry played his junior hockey in Swift Current, a city that is far too familiar with tragedy. Condolences and tributes soon poured in across social media, including from his sister on Twitter.

"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 frightful tragedy", Kevin Garinger, the team's president, said in a statement.

I thank the first responders - the RCMP, the Provincial Response Team, and medical personnel - who worked tirelessly through the night, and continue to respond to this incredibly hard situation with courage and professionalism.

Humboldt players range in age from 16 to 21, according to an online team roster.

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