Fourteen people were killed after a bus carrying 28 members of a Canadian junior hockey team, the Humboldt Broncos, tragically crashed on Friday evening. The fourteen other passengers were injured during the incident.
The crash occurred approximately 5 p.m. local time in Saskatchewan, according to Canadian police, as the bus was traveling to a playoff game. The ages of the hockey team members ranged from 16 to 20 years old.
“We can now confirm fourteen people have died as a result of this collision,” The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said, per Star Tribune. “The other fourteen people were sent to hospitals with a variety of injuries; three of these people have injuries that are critical in nature.”
A semitruck collided with a Canadian junior hockey league team bus on Friday, leaving 14 dead and 14 injured.
Pictured here are 3 survivors in the hospital.
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“It’s one of the hardest days of my life,” said Team President Kevin Garinger. “Our whole community is in shock, we are grieving and we will continue to grieve throughout this ordeal as we try to work toward supporting each other.”
President Trump just personally offered his condolences to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the U.S. president tweeted.
“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!” Trump said in the social media post.
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
Here’s more on the Canadian team, per Star Tribune:
The Broncos are a close-knit team from the small city of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, which has a population of about 6,000. Many gathered at the community center attached to the hockey arena there after word of the horrific crash began to circulate.
“It’s overwhelming. It’s been tough on everybody,” Humboldt Mayor Rob Muench said in a phone interview. “We’re a small community, some of those kids have been on the team for a number of years. A lot grew up in the community and everybody knows each other.”
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The team was on its way to play in Game 5 of a semi-final against the Hawks.
“Hockey was what brought us all together and we had two communities that were rivals in the rink. To find out that it was their first responders that aided our boys just warms your heart,” the mayor said as his voice cracked.
Penny Lee, the spokeswoman for the town of Humboldt, said grief counselors are available.
“Everybody is just so devastated. These poor young boys,” Lee said.
The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League is a junior ‘A’ hockey league under Hockey Canada, which is part of the Canadian Junior Hockey League. It’s open to North American-born players between the ages of 16 and 20.
A tight-knit Canadian community is trying to make sense of a tragedy after 14 people were killed when a truck collided with a bus carrying a junior hockey team to a playoff game: https://t.co/rzEwW5973j pic.twitter.com/myrSuvt77S
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