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In Wake of Hockey Team Crash, a Painful Coroner Mix-Up

Player identified as dead is alive, and vice versa
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2018 11:25 AM CDT
In Wake of Hockey Team Crash, a Painful Coroner Mix-Up
Mourners embrace each other during a moment of prayer at a vigil at the Elgar Petersen Arena, home of the Humboldt Broncos, to honor the victims of Friday's fatal bus accident, in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Sunday, April 8, 2018.   (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)

(Newser) – A wrenching mix-up in the aftermath of the deadly collision of a bus carrying a junior hockey team with a semi-trailer on Friday evening in Western Canada. The death toll stands at 15, with the CBC reporting player Xavier Labelle had been put on the list of the dead. The Saskatchewan Justice Ministry now says that's incorrect. Labelle is alive, but Parker Tobin, an 18-year-old goalie who was initially listed as surviving the crash, is among the dead, reports Sports Illustrated.

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The Office of the Chief Coroner has apologized for the misidentifications, and Humboldt Broncos team president Kevin Garinger offered "our hearts and prayers ... to the Labelle and Tobin families this morning." CNN reports nine other Broncos players and two coaches were also killed, along with the bus driver and two people who worked with a broadcasting company. (Read more bus crash stories.)

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