CP NewsAlert: Humboldt Broncos coach among 14 dead after Saskatchewan bus crash

Sunday, 08 Apr, 2018

The police in Canada confirmed 28 people were on the bus and at least 14 died including the driver.

The team was on its way to a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League play-off game against the Nipawin Hawks.

The bus was carrying the team to a hockey tournament in Western Canada when it collided with the truck - 14 people were killed and 14 were injured in the accident.

The father of team captain Logan Schatz and the wife of head coach Darcy Haugan confirmed they were both among the dead, according to ESPN.

Tributes poured in online for Haugan who was described as an incredible mentor to young players.

Darren Opp, the president of the Nipawin Hawks hockey team said, "It's a terrible accident, my God, It's very, very bad".

"It's one of the hardest days of my life", said Broncos team president Kevin Garinger. "Our whole community is in shock, we are grieving, and we will continue to grieve throughout this ordeal as we try to work toward supporting each other".

According to their team list, the players are aged between 16 and 21.

"It's a frightful accident, my God", he said.

Though the team had been traveling to an away game, as word spread of the accident, dozens of Humboldt residents gathered at the Broncos' home ice rink to wait for news and take solace in the community, the Saskatoon StarPhoenix reported. The junior league team is based in Humboldt, a small city about 120 miles south of Nipawin with a population of almost 6,000 people. "Some of them are waiting to hear if their kids are alive". Parents and family members were instructed to proceed to the Nipawin Apostolic Church.

"Lots of them are waiting for information", pastor Jordan Gadsby told the newspaper. "We know that the coroner and their office needs to do their work and let families know".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also posted a tweet and mentioned that he could not begin to imagine what the parents and family members of the victims must be going through.