Published: Mon, April 09, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Death Toll Rises to 15 in Humboldt Broncos Bus Crash

Death Toll Rises to 15 in Humboldt Broncos Bus Crash

A GoFundMe Page page created by a Humboldt, Sask. resident just hours after the tragic Broncos bus crash has raised $2.5 million, after taking less than 24 hours to cross the $1 million mark. "These are kids committed to the game, and Humboldt was in their playoffs and are all on the way to what they hope is a championship".

The team issued a statement following the accident, saying "The Humboldt Broncos organization has experienced incredible tragedy".

After talking to a few people who have connections to those involved, he said it's times like these that make you realize just how small Saskatchewan is. But it's been particularly wonderful to see the way the hockey world has rallied around this team in the wake of this tragedy, with incredible outpourings of grief and support from so many corners.

There has been an outpouring of grief across Canada after 15 people died in a collision involving a bus carrying a junior ice hockey team on Friday.

Sorrow was felt far beyond hockey-loving Canada: the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) carried the Humboldt Broncos logo on its website's homepage and said a moment of silence was scheduled ahead of Saturday's game between Poland and Estonia in Tallinn, Estonia's capital.

The mayor said he talked on the phone with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who passed along condolences from world leaders.

Police say the 14 who survived the crash have varying degrees of injury, some critical.

"Tonight, we all must pray for these families".

Canadian police said the truck driver, who was not hurt, was initially detained but has since been released and provided with mental health assistance. "You never think that anything bad was going to happen; you thought it was a haven, a safe space".

He was confirmed as one of the 14 people who died in Friday's crash.

Aerial footage showed the bus on its side, its roof peeled back and its front end destroyed.

The intersection where the accident occurred has stop signs and flashing lights. The force of the crash sent both vehicles into the ditch at the northwest corner of the intersection. Like Poggemiller, he said trees obscure visibility at the junction and make it a unsafe intersection.

"Our whole community is in shock, we are grieving and we will continue to grieve throughout this ordeal as we try to work toward supporting each other", he said.

The cause of the collision is still under investigation and police said investigators will be looking at a number of possible factors, including road conditions and mechanical issues.

"We're a small community here and this is just a huge hit".

Support poured in from around the National Hockey League on the final night of regular season play Saturday night, as many teams held a moment of silence to honor those lost and affected by the tragedy.

The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League is a junior "A" hockey league under Hockey Canada, which is part of the Canadian Junior Hockey League. It's open to North American-born players between the age of 16 and 20.

"I know that, from experience, it's not anything you're able to relate to when you lose someone or nearly lose someone that's close to you but having something to relate to like music or this song, kind of makes it easier", McDougall explained.

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