At least 14 dead after truck hits hockey team bus

At least 14 people are reported to have died after a truck collided with a bus carrying a junior hockey team in western Canada.

Another 14 are said to be injured following the crash, which the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said happened late on Friday afternoon local time.

The bus was carrying the Humboldt Broncos, who play in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, to the town of Nipawin for a play-off game.

The bus was hit from the side by a transporter truck
Image: The bus was hit from the side by a transporter truck

“There have been multiple fatalities – our whole community is in shock,” said the Broncos’ president, Kevin Garinger.

“We don’t know who has passed and we don’t expect to know right away,” he added. “We know that the coroner and their office need to do their work and let families know.”

The injured were taken to hospitals in the Tisdale area, about 300km (186 miles) north of Regina, Canadian media said.

President of the Nipawin Hawks, Darren Opp, said a transporter truck hit the side of the bus, describing the collision as a “horrible accident” and “very, very bad”.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted: “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.”

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More than a hundred people have gathered at the Apostolic Church in Nipawin. “Some of them are waiting to hear if their kids are alive,” said pastor Jordan Gadsby.

Kevin Henry, a coach who runs a hockey school in Prince Albert, said it was “one of the darkest days in the history of Saskatchewan”.

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