Ottawa: At least fourteen people were killed when a bus carrying a junior hockey team collided with a truck in Saskatchewan, Canadian official said.
Fourteen other people on the bus, transporting the Humboldt Broncos, were injured in the crash late on Friday and taken to hospitals throughout the Tisdale area, about 300 km north of Regina, official reported.
“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 horrible tragedy,” Kevin Garinger, the team’s president, said in a statement. “Our Broncos family is in shock as we try to come to grips with our incredible loss.”
Canadian authorities said, the crash occurred at about 5 p.m. when a truck collided with the bus. The team was headed to play in Game 5 of a playoff series against the Nipawin Hawks.
The news sent shockwaves through the hockey-mad nation, with condolences pouring in from former hockey players, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and others.
Trudeau wrote in a tweet, “I cannot imagine what these parents are going through, and my heart goes out to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy, in the Humboldt community and beyond”. Family and friends of the victims took to social media to express their grief.
Established in 1970, The Humboldt Broncos are an ice hockey team from Humboldt, Saskatchewan, and play in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.