Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

14 dead after truck hits bus carrying hockey team

Canadian junior hockey team bus involved in serious crash report says Canadian junior hockey team bus involved in serious crash report says
Eugene Bates | 08 April, 2018, 02:43

The head coach of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team and captain Logan Schatz is among 14 dead following a horrific bus crash in Saskatchewan. The other fourteen people were sent to hospital with a variety of injuries; three of these people have injuries that are critical in nature. No names were released, and police would not say whether players or coaches were among the dead. "If you can give them any lifetime experiences and information, that's what we try to do". It collided with a transport truck about 30 kilometres north of community of Tisdale.

The Humboldt Broncos were travelling to Nipawin for Game 5 of their SJHL semifinal.

"You start recalling the bus rides that you took across Canada to play hockey games - about all the junior players that are still traveling by bus in Canada and the United States, " Giles said. "It's a terrible accident, my God". "It's very, very bad".

There is a GoFundMe account set up to help the victims and their families.

"It's bad. It's absolutely awful".

Jordan Gadsby of the Nipawin Apostolic Church said members of his community are coming together to support those in need.

Joseph was very talented, McAvoy said, while he "obviously got a lot of it from his dad, a lot of it was on his own as well". "Some of them are waiting to hear if their kids are alive".

The chairman of the board for the league was also awaiting more official details.

"They're just young gentlemen and you're still trying to push them in the right direction in their lives and try and influence some of their habits and what happens later on in their lives", said Chilman.

"We talked to him, but he said he couldn't feel his lower extremities so I don't know what's going on", she said.

"People are in such shock. These poor young boys", Lee said. "We're a small community; some of those kids have been on the team for a number of years".

She said most of the players call it a home away from home, and the host families consider themselves extra parents with an added son.

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe retweeted a photo of one player who survived, Derek Patter, lying side-by-side with two other injured players on hospital beds, clasping each others' hands in support.

The STARS Air Ambulance service said two of its helicopters flew to the scene.

"2night my heart is in Humboldt", tweeted Anaheim Ducks National Hockey League defenseman Steven Oleksy.

"Humboldt Broncos weighing heavy in our hearts and minds tonight", the team said on Twitter.

He was in the Swift Current Broncos crash in 1986 that killed four of his teammates. He wasn't sure of their condition, but Stephenson said one of the players had to be airlifted from the scene with a fractured skull.

Rix says the Storm sends their thoughts and prayers for those impacted by the crash.

"Laureen and I are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic accident that took place in Saskatchewan".

Broncos president Kevin Garinger released this statement on the team's website, "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 awful tragedy".

"From a grieving province, thank you to every one of the first responders and medical professionals for your courageous response under the most hard circumstances imaginable". Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and communities affected by this frightful tragedy. It's open to North American-born players between the ages of 16 and 20.

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