Police in Saskatchewan now confirm that 15 people are dead and 14 others were injured, when a semi collided with a bus carrying members of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team, Friday afternoon, north of the community of Tisdale. At least three of the 14 people injured are in critical condition. Police confirming that one of the people killed was the head coach of the Broncos, Darcy Haugan. A spokesman for the SJHL says parents from across western Canada are heading to the scene to offer their support. There were 29 people on the bus, including players, coaches and the bus driver. Police now confirming the truck driver in the collision was not injured, but is receiving grief counselling.
Saskatchewan premier Scott Moe says words can’t describe the grief and sadness that people are feeling following this tragic incident.
The investigation into the crash is continuing, but at this point, it appears the semi driver did not come to a full stop while approaching the highway, and collided with the bus. However, Curtis Zablocki, an assistant commissioner with the RCMP in Saskatchewan, says it’s still too early to say why this collision happened, and the investigation will take some time to complete. Zablocki says special investigators are being brought in, including a collision reconstruction team.
It was sunny at the time, and there’s no word on if road conditions were a factor. At least 3 air ambulances were dispatched to the scene, and that stretch of highway north of Tisdale was expected to be closed for awhile yet.
Meanwhile, hundreds of people gathered at the Bronco’s arena in Humboldt last night to comfort each other and to wait for news. Additional grief counsellors are also being brought in to help.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted earlier today: I cannot imagine what these parents are going through, and my heart goes out to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy, in the Humboldt community and beyond.
US President Donald Trump also called our Prime Minister to offer his condolences to the people of Humboldt Saskatchewan.
The mayor of Humboldt, Rob Muench told reporters Saturday afternoon, these are dark days for his community and the resident of Saskatchewan, but “we will get through it.” He says the outpouring of support from people far behind the borders of the province has been incredible.
CTV news confirming this afternoon, that 3 members of the Broncos killed in Friday’s crash near Tisdale were players from St. Albert. They were Jaxon Joseph, Logan Hunter and Stephen Wack. Some of the 15 people injured and recovering in hospitals in Saskatoon, were from Edmonton, Stony Plain and Airdrie.
The home of the Broncos in Humboldt will be the scene of a community vigil on Sunday.
There’s also word, a GoFundMe page set up for the families of those killed and injured has already surpassed 1 million dollars.