At least 14 dead in Canadian junior hockey team bus crash, police say

At least 14 people are dead after a crash between a tractor-trailer and a bus carrying a Canadian junior hockey league team, police said.

The deadly crash occurred around 5 p.m. Friday on Highway 35 in Saskatchewan, about 150 miles northeast of Saskatoon, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The bus was carrying members of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey league team, on their way to the town of Nipawin for a game, the team said.

“While en route to Nipawin, the Broncos bus was involved in a terrible accident which has resulted in multiple fatalities and serious injuries,” the team confirmed Friday.

Early Saturday, police confirmed at least 14 other people were injured, three of them critically. There were 28 people on the Humboldt Broncos team bus, including the driver, at the time of the crash, police said.

Police did not release names of the deceased or injured, nor did they say how many were players or coaches. Police also did not release the condition of the truck driver.

The Broncos roster lists 24 players ranging in age from 16 to 21 years old, as well as three coaches. The junior league team is based in Humboldt, a small city about 120 miles south of Nipawin with a population of nearly 6,000 people.

Michelle Straschnitzki told the Associated Press her 18-year-old son

Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2018/04/07/at-least-14-dead-in-canadian-junior-hockey-team-bus-crash-reports-say/

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