Fourteen folks have been killed after a tractor-trailer collided with a bus carrying a Canadian Junior League hockey staff, police mentioned late Friday.
The accident occurred round 5 p.m. on Freeway 355 in Gronlid, Saskatchewan, simply 36 miles away from Nipawan, the place the Humboldt Broncos have been scheduled to play Recreation 5 of a playoff sequence.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirmed early Saturday that 14 folks have been killed on the bus. The remaining 14 have been hospitalized, with three in crucial situation.
Darren Opp, of the Nipawin Hawks hockey staff, mentioned a semi T-boned the gamers’ bus and a photograph from the wreckage seems to indicate one of many autos on its facet.
“Our complete group is in shock,” mentioned Kevin Garinger, president of the Humboldt Broncos staff.
Members of Saskatchewan’s Humboldt Broncos, seen right here in a photograph posted to Twitter, have been aboard the bus when authorities say it collided with a truck, killing a number of passengers. (Humboldt Broncos Jr ‘A’ Hockey through Twitter)
Mother and father from throughout Western Canada are speeding to the scene as they await information of their family members’ situations.
Pastor Jordan Gadsby on the Apostolic Church in Nipawin mentioned greater than 100 folks gathered on the church.
“A few of them are ready to listen to if their children are alive,” he mentioned.
“They’re sitting within the church simply ready to listen to any excellent news,” Opp mentioned. “There’s uncles and mothers and dads ready to listen to whether or not their sons and nephews are OK.”
Kevin Henry, a coach who runs a hockey faculty in Prince Albert, mentioned persons are in shock. “That is I might suppose one of many darkest days within the historical past of Saskatchewan, particularly as a result of hockey is so ingrained in how we develop up right here.”
The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League is a Junior ‘A’ hockey league beneath Hockey Canada, which is a part of the Canadian Junior Hockey League. It is open to North American-born gamers between the ages of 16 and 20.
“I can’t think about what these dad and mom are going by, and my coronary heart goes out to everybody affected by this horrible tragedy, within the Humboldt group and past,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted.