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Canada Hockey Bus Crash

June 23 2018, 11:25 | Van Peters

Canadian police: Fatalities after bus crash involving junior hockey league team

Canada: 14 dead after junior hockey team bus collides with truck

Police say there were 28 people, including the driver, on board the bus of the Humboldt Broncos team when the crash occurred around 5 p.m. Friday on Highway 35. "It is sort of every parent's worst nightmare".

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said there were 29 people on the bus including the driver.

Police have yet to release the identity of others killed in the crash. "It's too early to comment on the cause of the collision".

Tributes have been paid across Canada, including by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who tweeted his condolences.

The Humboldt Broncos were travelling to Nipawin for a playoff game against the Nipawin Hawks.

"Our investigators will be looking at all aspects of this accident to determine what took place", he said.

Aerial footage showed the bus on its side, its roof peeled back and its front end destroyed.

Kelly Schatz, Logan's father, told the Canadian Press his 20-year-old son played for the Broncos for just over four years and had served as team captain for the past two-and-a-half years.

"God bless Darcy Haugan for being an incredible mentor and coach to young hockey players and prayers for his family to help cope with their vast loss", the Western Provinces Hockey Association wrote on Twitter.

D'Andrea has covered hockey in and around Prince Albert for over seven years and knows a number of names on the roster who could have been on the bus.

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The victims were dispatched by helicopter and ambulance to care centres in nearby Saskatoon.

Four members of the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League died in a 1986 crash in the western province, CBC reported. "It's hard. A lot of us have spent a lot, a lot, a lot of hours on buses and it's a shame, it really is".

Darren Opp, president of the Nipawin Hawks, was quoted by the Globe and Mail newspaper as saying the truck, a semi-trailer, had T-boned the players' bus. "To find out that it was their first responders that aided our boys just warms your heart", the mayor said as his voice cracked.

"Everybody is just so devastated".

Before coaching, Haugan played minor hockey in northern Alberta and made the jump to the junior league at age 17, and spent the next two years playing for the Alberta Junior Hockey League's Fort Saskatchewan Traders.

"There have been multiple fatalities, our whole community is in shock", said Kevin Garinger, the president of the Humboldt Broncos.

"I hardly have words to describe how I feel", said MJHL Commissioner Kim Davis on Saturday.

"Everyone is in shock", she said.

"In most cases they become like one of your children or grandchildren", said Gail Chilman, a billeting co-ordinator with the Estevan Bruins, a team in the same league as the Broncos. "I am freaking out".

"I want some answers", Fontaine said.I don't know if my friends are living or they're dead". "We will never forgot the members of our Broncos family who were taken from us and who were injured".

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