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14 dead, 14 injured in horrific Canadian junior hockey team bus crash

Sidney Guerrero | 08 April, 2018, 01:43

On Friday, a bus carrying the team collided with a truck in Saskatchewan, killing at least 14 and injuring 14 others.

The team president said parents from across western Canada were struggling to cope with the tragedy and were rushing to the scene.

The team's roster shows that the Broncos' players range in age from 16 to 21, and are from Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba.

The cause of the accident could not be immediately confirmed, however, and police said nothing about the identity of the dead or condition of the truck driver.

The family flew to his bedside on Saturday to be with him.

"Being in that sort of situation before, I just knew the state of shock and the confusion that comes along with this type of tragedy", said Kennedy in a phone interview from Calgary on Saturday.

He says his son's death is hard and the family is seeking solace in one another. He has received calls of condolences from other world leaders, including US President Donald Trump.

"I think everybody can relate to this experience", said Muench, the mayor.

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

Heath officials were directing relatives of the Broncos to the Apostolic Church in the town of Nipawin.

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"They are sitting in the church just waiting to hear any good news", he said Friday.

"It's an very bad tragedy".

"We had a little hand shake there at the end (of the season) and he told me how proud he was of my career and I thanked me for everything he'd done for me".

Speaking at the news conference, RCMP Assistant Commissioner Curtis Zablocki said the wreck occurred around 5 p.m. Friday when the tractor-trailer, traveling west on Highway 335, collided with the bus traveling north on Highway 35.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said 28 people including the driver were on the bus, 14 of whom were killed. Three of the injuries are critical in nature.

A family member of Derek Patter, one of the players from Edmonton, shared a photo of Cameron, Patter and Nick Shumlanki of Tisdale, Sask., in hospital. "We had a crane lifting the bus".

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

It is not yet known who has died. "I hope he recovers well and hope he is able to eventually play hockey again, just happy he is still here".

Worldwide media outlets such as The New York Times have written stories on the crash. An online fundraising campaign set up for family members of the team had raised more than $260,000 Saturday morning.

Humboldt Broncos head coach Darcy Haugan along with players Adam Herold and Logan Schatz have been identified as three of the 14 victims. In the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League's case, many of those players came from across Western Canada.

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