14 dead after bus crash involving Canadian junior hockey team

14 dead after bus crash involving Canadian junior hockey team

Both Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe and Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau have issued statements of condolences to the team and families.

"Our national hockey family is a close one, with roots in nearly every town â€" small and big â€" across Canada.

The crash has cruel echoes of 1986, when the Swift Current Broncos team bus crash slid off an icy highway and crashed in late December, killing four players.

Pastor Jordan Gadsby at the Apostolic Church in Nipawin said more than a hundred people had gathered at the church - including parents and grandparents of the players who were on the bus.

The identities of the dead have not yet been released by authorities.

The family flew to his bedside on Saturday to be with him. He said the road conditions at the time were unknown.

McAvoy said the bus trips are "honestly one of my favourite parts of playing hockey". He has received calls of condolences from other world leaders, including US President Donald Trump.

"We woke up to the reality of what happened last night", Humboldt Mayor Rob Muench told Reuters.

The team president said parents from across Western Canada were rushing to the scene as they struggled to cope with the tragedy.

"There is no playbook on what to do in cases like this".

"They were just sitting there looking at the empty ice", he said.

"It's an bad tragedy. We are stunned to silence by what happened yesterday, acknowledged here now by public address announcer Lou Nolan".

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Saskatchewan report that the crash occurred at roughly 5 p.m. local time on Highway 35.

Michelle Straschnitzki, who lives in Airdrie, said her 18-year old son Ryan had been taken to a hospital in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The driver of the semi wasn't injured.

"They're part of the families of these billets", he said.

Kellington said she joined other community members at the Humboldt Uniplex Friday night, where support was offered and shared. He said as a hockey player at that age, riding buses to and from games is so commonplace that you never think twice about it.

Bechard said Evan Thomas was one of the 14 who died in the crash.

The crash prompted a wide showing of national grieving and support in Canada, where hockey is a symbol of national pride and many young people play on similar teams.

Worldwide media outlets such as The New York Times have written stories on the crash.

"We are devastated by the tragic news from the Humboldt Broncos today". An online fundraising campaign set up for family members of the team had raised more than $300,000 early Saturday.

Canada has experienced similar tragedies before.

Two former players with the Estevan Bruins organization are among the 15 people killed in a collision on Friday involving the Humboldt Broncos team bus and a semi-trailer unit.

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