Tragedy in Western Canada: A bus carrying a junior hockey team collided with a semi-trailer on Friday evening, leaving 14 dead and the remaining 14 injured, three of them critically. The Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League were traveling to the town of Nipawin for a playoff game when the semi T-boned the bus, the AP reports. "It's a horrible accident, my God," says the president of the Nipawin Hawks. "It's very, very bad." Rescue efforts continued into the evening as air ambulances took survivors to regional hospitals and a crane was seen lifting the bus, the Globe and Mail and Saskatoon Star-Phoenix report.
Meanwhile people gathered in a hockey arena in Humboldt, where sobs broke out as phone calls came in with news about loved ones and friends. Others gathered at the Apostolic Church in Nipawin to await news: "Some of the families have gotten information and have gone to be with their kids," says the church pastor. "Some of them are waiting to hear if their kids are alive." As condolences came in from politicians, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, memories were kindled of a Saskatchewan bus crash that killed four members of the Swift Current Broncos in 1986. "It's disbelief. It's shock," says the Humboldt Broncos president of the Friday crash. "The deepest grief that you can ever imagine."