Canada junior hockey team bus crash kills 14

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Fourteen people died and others were injured when a large truck collided with a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team to a game.

There were 29 people on the bus, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said.

Michelle Straschnitzki, who lives in Airdrie, said her 18-year old son Ryan had been taken to a hospital in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

As a player, Haugan was a defenceman who played his minor hockey in northern Alberta and junior hockey in the Alberta Junior Hockey League for the Fort Saskatchewan Traders and then Bonnyville Pontiacs, where he won the team's most improved player during the 1994-95 season, and, finally in the SJHL with the Estevan Bruins.

In the team's statement, general manager Kevin Garinger confirmed multiple fatalies. "The deepest grief that you can ever imagine".

The team had been traveling to a playoff game when the accident occurred at about 5 p.m. on Friday near the Tisdale area, around 185 miles (300 km) north of Regina.

Funds from all corners of the country and beyond are pouring in for the families of a Saskatchewan junior hockey team following a tragic crash that has left 14 dead.

"We will never forget the members of our Broncos family who were taken from us", Humboldt Broncos president Kevin Garinger said.

Saskatchewan's premier, Scott Moe, also offered support to the town and thanked first responders.

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"Riding the bus is always the best time, when you're hanging out with the guys and doing whatever", Hergott said.

That is especially true in Humboldt, a town of less than 6,000 people in Canada's Great Plains region.

Last night, the mayor of Humboldt, Rob Muench, said he and others went down to the Uniplex soon after they heard the news.

"Some of them come in and fit in really quickly", said Chilman. "Obviously, we didn't have any fatalities, but I don't know if it's because we were in control, I was in control and I knew what was happening".

Hergott said he did not know any of the Broncos personnel affected by the crash, but the same can not be said for former Cottonmouths player, coach and general manager Jerome Bechard. The Star-Phoenix reports that the sound of people asking for updates on the phone was occasionally punctuated by groups of people sobbing.

"God bless Darcy Haugan for being an incredible mentor and coach to young hockey players and prayers for his family to help cope with their enormous loss", the Western Provinces Hockey Association wrote on Twitter. He is one of the most adventurous, ambitious, and loving people that I have ever been blessed to know. It says an investigation is taking place.

Opp said a semitruck T-boned the players' bus, adding that the coaching staff and players from the Hawks were waiting to help.

"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, noting she will go to Saskatchewan on Saturday.

Nipawin, Saskatchewan, is about three hours northeast of Saskatoon, the Canadian province's most populous city.

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