A Friday evening bus crash in Saskatchewan, Canada, killed 15 people, including several promising members of a junior hockey team.
The bus crash occurred about 5 p.m. Friday north of Tisdale, Saskatchewan, on SK-35 North. The bus was carrying members of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team, coaches, and others to the town of Nipawin for a playoff game.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) continue to investigate the crash and have not spoken of any potential causes. According to ABC 13 Houston, a tractor-trailer t-boned the bus. Video of the crash scene shows both vehicles rolled over on their sides. The words “Charlie’s Charters” are displayed on the sides of the bus.
The bus crash killed 10 members of the junior hockey team, including Jaxon Joseph, the 20-year-old son of former NHL player Chris Joseph, who played for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The ages of the players who lost their lives in the crash ranged from 16 to 21.
In addition to Mr. Joseph, the RCMP identified the other players who died as Adam Herold, 16; Connor Lukan, 21; Evan Thomas, 18; Jacob Leicht, 19; Logan Boulet, 21; Logan Hunter, 18; and Stephen Wack, 21.
Also killed were the head coach, Darcy Haugan, 42; assistant coach Mark Cross, 27; play-by-play radio announcer Tyler Bieber, 29; volunteer statistician Brody Hinz, 18; and bus driver Glen Doerksen, 59.
At least 14 others were injured, including three critically, the RCMP said.
The RCMP initially detained the driver of the tractor-trailer, who was uninjured in the crash. He was later released and is not currently the subject of a criminal investigation, ABC 13 reported.
The bus crash not only sent shock waves throughout the hockey world, it is a national tragedy for Canada with an impact that is felt far beyond the town of Humboldt.
A town of about 6,000 people, Humboldt has a long tradition of fielding teams in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, according to CNN. The Broncos players came from across Canada and stayed with host families during the season, the team’s website says.