BC vigil planned for Humboldt Broncos crash victims

09 April, 2018, 01:45 | Author: Judy Cobb
  • BC vigil planned for Humboldt Broncos crash victims

An online fund-raising initiative to help the victims' families has raised C$3.05 million ($2.4 million). "They just become part of your family".

The identity of eight victims has been released: Humboldt Broncos head coach Darcy Haugan; play-by-play radio announcer Tyler Bieber; team captain Logan Schatz, 20; and players Adam Herold, 16; Logan Hunter, 18; Jaxon Joseph, 20; Stephen Wack, 21; and Logan Boulet; 21. There are so, so many people who know those involved, or have been through similar experiences.

A vigil is planned for Sunday night at 7pm in the Broncos home arena in Humboldt, where Game 6 of their semi-final series with the Nipawin Hawks was scheduled to take place.

The number of people killed in a crash involving a bus carrying a junior ice hockey team in Saskatchewan, Canada has risen to 15 with two others in a critical condition, say police.

As is the case with small town hockey across Canada, he said, the arena is not just a recreation facility, but a focus of community life with the hockey team at its center.

From the National Hockey League stars and coaches to politicians like Saskatechewan premier Scott Moe, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and even U.S. President Donald Trump, few were unmoved by the devastation.

The RCMP continue their investigation into a deadly crash that they now say claimed the lives of fifteen people.

Canadian police said the truck driver was initially detained but has since been released and provided with mental health assistance. A relative said on Facebook that another family member lost a baby boy in Humboldt hospital shortly after being born. "We're thinking and praying for every single one of you".

Photographs of the wreckage showed the twisted trailer with most of its wheels in the air and the bus on its side with its back portion destroyed.

Highway 335 has stop signs with flashing warning lights at the intersection with 35, but no rumble strips that are featured at many rural highway junctions. There is a stand of trees on the southeast corner of the intersection, limiting visibility of the approach on both roads.

Alerted to the collision with a semi-trailer around dinner-time, Joseph and his wife, Andrea, jumped in their vehicle in Edmonton and headed east towards the crash outside Tisdale, Sask., without any details of their son's condition.

"We woke up to the reality of what happened last night", Humboldt Mayor Rob Muench told Reuters. The bus was driving the team to a crucial playoff game Friday against the Nipawin Hawks.

Friday's crash is not the first highway accident to kill hockey players in Saskatchewan.

"We talked to him, but he said he couldn't feel his lower extremities so I don't know what's going on", she said. In the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League's case, many of those players came from across Western Canada.

"You're bonding on that bus and that's when you spend the most time together", said Damon Severson, a defenseman with the NHL's New Jersey Devils who grew up in the area.

The Broncos play in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, an under-20 youth league that regularly produces NHL players.



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