‘The worst nightmare has happened’: Death toll rises to 15 in Canadian junior hockey team bus crash

At least 15 people are dead after a crash between a tractor-trailer and a bus carrying a Canadian junior hockey league team, a tragedy that struck at the heart of a tightknit city in rural Saskatchewan and immediately echoed through the hockey world and beyond.

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 playoff game.

On Saturday, police confirmed there were 29 people on the Humboldt Broncos team bus, including the driver, at the time of the crash. The death toll stood at 15 late Saturday afternoon, police said, while fourteen people remained injured.

Broncos president Kevin Garinger described “an incomprehensible situation” at a news conference Saturday afternoon, where several of the speakers choked back tears.

“We are heartbroken and completely devastated by the tragedy that occurred yesterday,” Garinger said. “We will never forget April 6, 2018, and we will never forget the members of our Broncos family who were taken from us and who were injured.”

Among those killed were the team’s head coach and captain, according to the Canadian Press. The Associated Press reported that a radio announcer for

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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