Bus carrying Humboldt Broncos hockey team involved in crash; fatalities reported

A bus carrying a Canadian junior hockey team was involved in a crash Friday, with an unspecified number of fatalities and injuries reported.

The bus was reportedly carrying members of the Broncos, of Humboldt, Saskatchewan. Junior hockey typically involves players ages 16 to 21.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirmed there were fatalities in the crash on a highway in Tisdale, Saskatchewan. A semi-tractor apparently collided with the passenger bus, according to the CBC.

The Nipawin Hawks hockey team, which was supposed to play the Broncos on Friday night, announced on Facebook that the game was canceled.

“The accident being talked about involved Humboldt team bus,” the Hawks announced on Facebook. “We ask during this time that you don’t send messages. When more information is given we will update.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his sympathy to the Humboldt community in a tweet, saying he was “unable to imagine” what the team’s parents must be going through.

Humboldt Mayor Rob Muench told CBC he was devastated.

“It’s going to hit the community hard,” he said. “It’s not a good day for Humboldt.”

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe wrote on Facebook that there were no words to describe the loss they felt.

“To the City of Humboldt, the entire Broncos organization, and the families impacted by this tragedy, please know you are in Saskatchewan’s hearts,” he wrote.

“Tonight we must pray for these families.”

This is a developing story. Check back for more updates.

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