15 dead after Canadian junior hockey team bus crash

15 dead after Canadian junior hockey team bus crash

NIPAWIN, Saskatchewan: A semi-trailer slammed into a bus carrying a youth hockey team in western Canada, killing 15 people and injuring 14 in a catastrophic collision that a doctor compared to an airstrike and left the vehicles obliterated in the snow. The crash sent shockwaves of grief through the athletes’ small hometown and a country united by the national sport.
As details of Friday’s accident on a highway in Saskatchewan emerged, Canadians were moved to tears on Saturday as they learned of the identities of the deceased on a bus driving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team to a crucial playoff game.
“An entire country is in shock and mourning,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement. “This is every parent’s worst nightmare. No one should ever have to see their child leave to play the sport they love and never come back.”
The bus had 29 passengers, including the driver, when it crashed at about 5 p.m. on Highway 35, Canadian police said. Among the dead are Broncos head coach Darcy Haugan, team captain Logan Schatz and radio announcer Tyler Bieber. Three people are in critical condition.
Canadian police said the truck driver was initially detained but has since been released and provided with mental health assistance. Royal Canadian Mounted Police Assistant Commissioner Curtis Zablocki said it’s too early to state a cause for the crash.
President Donald Trump tweeted that he called Trudeau to offer his condolences to the families of victims.
The team was on its way to play in Game 5 of a semi-final against the Nipawin Hawks. Their team list shows the players are aged between 16 and 21, BBC News reports.
Darren Opp, president of the Nipawin Hawks said a semi T-boned the players’ bus — an account police confirmed. “It’s a horrible accident, my God,” he said.
Hassan Masri, an emergency room doctor at Saskatoon’s Royal University Hospital who has done work in war-torn Syria, said the crash reminded him of an airstrike. Photographs of the wreckage showed the twisted trailer with most of its wheels in the air and the bus on its side and its back portion destroyed.