14 killed in Canada hockey team crash

Eli Ridder | The Avro Post

A bus carrying a junior ice hockey team crashed into a truck late on Friday, killing at least 14 people and critically injuring three others in Canada’s Saskatchewan.

The Humboldt Broncos includes players aged between 16 and 21, and were on their way to play a playoff game before the accident on a rural road.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said 28 people including the driver were on the bus at the time, with another 14 taken to hospital from the crash scene on Highway 35, north of Tisdale.

“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,” Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau said on Twitter.

The identities of those killed have not yet been revealed by authorities, but tributes have been given across Canada, and to the small 6000-member community of Humboldt where a prayer service is planned and free counseling has been offered.

More details to follow. Image of the team from Just Sports. 

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