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Canada Crash: Land Mourns Humboldt Broncos Bus Dead



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Family members have begun to confirm the deaths of team members and employees

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5 people were killed in a collision on Friday in which a bus collided with a junior ice hockey team.

At least nine players on the Humboldt-Broncos team aged 16 to 21 died when their team bus collided with a trailer in Saskatchewan.

The police are still trying to pinpoint the reason for the crash. The driver of the truck was not injured.

Teams across the country pay tribute to the dead over the weekend.

Many have donated to support their families and surviving players. Online fundraising sites have collected millions of dollars.

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Aerial views of the scene showed the extent of the collision with severe damage to the carriage (right)

Who are the victims?

When the crash occurred on Friday around 17:00 local time (23:00 GMT), 29 men were in the bus of the team. This number includes players, coaching staff and the driver.

After the tragedy, the details are slow and the identity of the deceased has not yet been officially released by the authorities.

Canadian public broadcaster CBC spoke to the trainer's sister Darcy Haugan who said he was killed in the collision.

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Tribute have For the 42-year-old team coach flocked the

The Team Captain's Family Logan Schatz, 20, confirmed that he had died in the crash. He played for the team for more than four years.

Isaac Labelle, brother of 18-year-old Xavier Labelle wrote online about his death and named him his best friend.

"I'll miss you, brother, I'll always remember you, and who you were will affect me for the rest of my life," he said on Instagram.

The Surrey Eagles, the former team of 20-year-old Jaxon Joseph confirmed his death on Saturday in a tweet.

At least six other players between the ages of 16 and 21, It is reported that they are among the dead, as well as an assistant coach and two people from a local radio station.

Photos posted on social media showed several injured members of the team holding hands in the hospital.

Fourteen people were injured in the crash, including two critically.

The father of a team member, Tom Straschnitzki, said his son Ryan was in hospital with a serious back injury and said he can not feel his legs.

The family flew to his bed on Saturday.

"He always asks about his team and his coaches." I say: "I do not know, my son," he told the BBC from his home in Airdrie, Alberta.

What is known about the crash?

Truck and bus collided on Highway 35 north of Tisdale. The team went to the city of Nipawin for a play-off game.

Aerial photos of the crash site show that it happened near an intersection of two roads.

The truck driver was not injured in the collision and has been allowed to go free while the authorities are investigating the cause of the accident, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has said.

Myles Shumlanski, the father of one of the Broncos players, described the crash scene as a "disaster" for the paper of Saskatoon star Phoenix. "We Had a Crane Lifting the Bus"

A Church Devastated

Rob Muench, the mayor of Humboldt, said it would take years for the church to deal with the tragedy.

"Throughout Canada, we see teams all the way through the Canadian winters, and it's always been a thought among parents and fans what could happen," he said.

"There is no manual on what to do in such cases."

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On Saturday evening Humboldt's mayor stood in solidarity with the jersey of the team

The head of the Nipawin Apostolic Church, Pastor Jordan Gadsby, told the BBC that he had opened his church to families shortly after the crash became public knowledge.

"The worst part of the night was sitting and watching parents cry as they waited to find out if their son was alive or not," he said.

Who paid tribute?

The news of the crash has shaken Canada, where ice hockey is a national sport and is loved by many.

Social media users expressed their solidarity with the hashtags #prayersforhumboldt and #humboldtstrong

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, along with Humboldt, which has only 6,000 residents, said "the whole country stands and mourns". 19659007] "Our national hockey family is a close one, with roots in just about every city – small and big – across Canada," Trudeau said in a statement.

He received condolence calls from other world leaders, including US President Donald Trump.

President Kevin Garinger of Humboldt Broncos said the club was "heartbroken and devastated by the tragedy".

Young athletes participating in competitions such as the Saskatchewan League often play for colleges, large Junior teams or the National Hockey League.

Canada has experienced similar tragedies before.

In 1986, a Swift Current Broncos boys' hockey team bus hit a black ice field on a Saskatchewan section of the Trans-Canada Highway, killing four players.

Since 1987, teams of the Western Hockey League have been decorated with a shamrock in memory of the killed young men.

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The players of the National Hockey League paid tribute before the games – "Broncos" carried on their backs


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