Published: Sun, April 08, 2018
IT | By Jonathon Greene

Humboldt Broncos bus crash: offers of help pour in

Humboldt Broncos bus crash: offers of help pour in

Fourteen people were killed and 15 others injured when a truck collided with a bus carrying a junior hockey team to a playoff game in western Canada, authorities said Saturday.

Established in 1970, The Humboldt Broncos are an ice hockey team from Humboldt, Saskatchewan, and play in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

The team captain had played for the Broncos for just over four years and had served as team captain for the past 2 1/2 years, his father Kelly Schatz said.

The RCMP said 14 other people on the bus were killed in the collision, which happened around 5 the Broncos were on their way to play Nipawin Hawks.

An online fundraising campaign set up for family members of the team had raised more than $260,000 Saturday morning.

Garinger said parents were rushing to the scene as they struggled to cope with the tragedy.

"It is a significant accident; we had a tractor trailer and a bus collide", RCMP Inspector Ted Monro told a press conference.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted his support for Humboldt.

"Some of them are waiting to hear if their kids are alive", he said.

The deaths of the team's head coach, Darcy Haugan, and captain, Logan Schatz, have also been confirmed by relatives. "He's also been provided with some mental health and wellness assistance", Zablocki said Saturday afternoon.

'Words can not describe the loss that we feel tonight, ' wrote Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe in a Facebook post.

Alicia Wack said her 21-year-old cousin, who made the best gingerbread houses and "absolutely lived and breathed hockey", had played defence with the Broncos for two seasons.

Rescue officials said that three ambulance helicopters were dispatched to the scene.

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

The accident sent shockwaves through western Canada as well as the hockey world.

'Lots of them are waiting for information, ' said Pastor Jordan Gadsby of the Apostolic Church.

Humboldt, the Broncos' hometown, is a city with a population of 6,000.

"Humboldt is no exception, and today the country and the entire hockey community stands with you".

"The biggest thing is, we just gotta support that community right now because they're going to be needing it".

"I think one thing that we underestimate with the impact of trauma, and PTSD, and going through things like this, is the magnitude of the impact", he says. "Hockey is a game of freedom and joy for young people", he wrote, adding "we mourn with your families, supporters and league players". It's got to rip the heart out of your chest.

"Sending all my thoughts and prayers to those impacted with the @HumboltBroncos bus crash". "We extend our deepest condolences to the Humboldt Broncos organization; the families of those affected and the entire community are in our prayers during this very hard time".

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