Crash of hockey team’s bus leaves at least 14 dead, police say

A western Canadian city of about 6, 000 people had been devastated Friday after learning that the bus carrying the town’s jr hockey team had collided using a semi-truck while traveling to a playoff video game, resulting in at least 14 deaths.

Other people on the bus were injured, 3 of them critically, the Saskatoon Star Phoenix, az reported .

Most of those killed had been likely the hockey players, who had been between 16 and 21 years of age — though the Royal Canadian Installed Police would not specify how many from the fatalities were players.

“We are just within utter disbelief and shock in the loss that’s fallen upon all of us, ” Kevin Garinger, president from the Humboldt Broncos team, told CBC . He said he first discovered of the accident through a phone call from the fan.

“We are just in utter shock and shock at the loss that is certainly fallen upon us. ”

– Kevin Garinger, president, Humboldt Broncos

“Our organization will never function as the same, ” Garinger told the particular Saskatoon newspaper.

Police said overnight that this bus had been carrying 28 residents, including the driver. It was unclear if the truck driver was among the deaths.  

Authorities said the crash happened on a highway in Tisdale, Sask., about 5 p. m. nearby time.

The Broncos were on their method to a game against the Nipawin Hawks. Right after receiving word of the crash, the particular Hawks announced on Facebook how the game had been canceled.

Myles Shumlanski, father of Broncos player Nick Shumlanski, told the particular Saskatoon Celebrity Phoenix he visited the scene after getting a contact from his son.

“ It was a tragedy, ” he said. “ There were a crane lifting the coach. ”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his sympathy to the Humboldt community in a tweet, saying this individual was “unable to imagine” the actual team’s parents must be going through.

Humboldt Mayor Rob Muench  told CBC he was emaciated.

“It’s going to hit the community hard, ” he said. “ It’s not an excellent day for Humboldt. ”

Saskatchewan Leading Scott Moe tweeted that there had been no words to describe the loss.

“To the City associated with Humboldt, the entire Broncos organization, as well as the families impacted by this tragedy, make sure you know you are in Saskatchewan’s minds, ” he wrote. “ This evening we must pray for these families. ”

The particular Nipawin Apostolic Church was helping as gathering place for family members to receive more information as it became available, the particular RCMP said.

“ We just opened up our building here with as well as drinks … they can come when they need somewhere to go or anyone to talk to, ” Nipawin Apostolic Cathedral Pastor Jordan Gadsby told the particular Star Phoenix. “ There’ t not a lot of confirmed information at this point. Households are just waiting to hear from their children.

“ There’ s a lot of tears. ”

This is a developing story. Check back to get more updates.