Web Desk(April 07, 2018): Police in Canada have confirmed that 14 people were killed when a lorry and a bus carrying a junior ice hockey team collided on Friday evening.
The Humboldt Broncos were travelling on Highway 35, north of Tisdale in the province of Saskatchewan.The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said 28 people were on the bus, 14 of whom were killed, including the driver.
The other 14 aboard the bus have been taken to hospital. Three are in critical condition.
In a tweet, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote: “I cannot imagine what these parents are going through”.
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. https://t.co/2cIn2CTy08
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) April 7, 2018
The lorry and the bus collided at around 17:00 local time (23:00 GMT).
The Humboldt Broncos, who play in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, were en route to a play-off game against the Nipawin Hawks.
Their team list shows the players are aged between 16 and 21.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police inspector Ted Munro said rescue efforts were ongoing and that they had set up an information and support centre for families at the Nipawin Apostolic Church.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families tonight,” he said.