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

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

U.S. President Donald Trump has expressed condolences for the 14 people killed when a truck collided with a bus carrying a junior hockey team in western Canada.

Authorities did not identify the victims and didn't confirm whether they were players or coaches. Twenty-nine people were on the bus.

A Humboldt Broncos player who is reported killed in a horrific Friday evening bus crash is being remembered by a former teammate as a player and friend who "brightened up the locker room".

The accident occurred on Highway 35 approximately 30 kilometres north of Tisdale, at the junction with Highway 335, when the semi t-boned the bus. The RCMP said Saturday that a 15th person had died.

"The images and the injuries that I saw yesterday, really that's what they reminded me of, when there was an airstrike and a massive number of people would be coming in at the same time in disgusting shape", said Masri, who has done work in war-torn Syria.

Nipawin RCMP along with police officers from the surrounding detachments and specialized investigational support units have been on the scene of the collision.

The team was on its way to play in Game 5 of a semi-final against the Nipawin Hawks. The teams played a lengthy game Wednesday that Nipawin won 6-5 in three overtimes in Humboldt, leaving Nipawin with a 3-1 series lead.

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"Our national hockey family is a close one, with roots in nearly every town â€" small and big â€" across Canada. It kind of hits home because I think everyone has been on these buses. "Tonight, we must all pray for these families".

Lauer's parents and the parents of his wife, Daria, live in Humboldt.

Kevin Henry, a coach who runs a hockey school in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, said people there are in shock.

The Saskatchewan league is a feeder system for higher levels of hockey with many graduating to play at USA and Canadian colleges and major junior league level, while some go on to the National Hockey League. It's open to North American-born players between the ages of 16 and 20.

The players come from various towns and cities in Alberta and Saskatchewan while one, Matthieu Gomercic, hails from Winnipeg.

"The deepest grief that you can ever imagine", Kevin Garinger, the Humboldt Broncos' team president, told the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix.

"We were a family", a former Broncos player, Daigon Elny, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

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Many people wandered in and out of the arena during the morning. The names of the dead and injured have not been released, but some have been confirmed by family members.

"Now I don't know what goes on now".

Three were in critical condition, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said.

Expressions of sympathy poured in from around the globe.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says "an entire country is in shock and mourning" in the wake of a deadly bus crash in Saskatchewan province. Trudeau also expressed his condolences on Twitter to the victims of the crash.

US President Donald Trump tweeted: "Just spoke to @JustinTrudeau to pay my highest respect and condolences to the families of the awful Humboldt Team tragedy. It's hard to describe and a lot of people are saying it that way and the reason they are doing that because it's nearly impossible to describe".

Jaxon Joseph, 20 - whose father Chris Joseph is a retired National Hockey League player - was on board a Saskatchewan junior team's bus that crashed Friday after a collision with a transport truck.

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