14 dead after truck hits bus carrying hockey team

Canadian authorities say 14 people have died and 15 more were injured after a semi crashed into a bus carrying a junior hockey team to a playoff game.

According to police, 28 people were on board the bus when it was hit by a semi on Friday evening in Saskatchewan.

The Humboldt Broncos were on their way to play a semifinal game against the Nipawin Hawks when the collision occurred.

"We can now confirm fourteen people have died as a result of this collision," a statement from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police read. "The other fourteen people were sent to hospitals with a variety of injuries; three of these people have injuries that are critical in nature."

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Authorities have not released names or details beyond that for the team and staff or for the truck driver.

But the father of team captain Logan Schatz and the wife of head coach Darcy Haugan confirmed they were both among the dead, according to ESPN.

Humboldt team president Kevin Garinger said the community was devastated by the news.

"It's one of the hardest days of my life," Garinger said. "There have been multiple fatalities. 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."

Garinger said he and family members are waiting to get more information.

"We don't know who has passed, and we don't expect to know right away," said Garinger. "We know that the coroner and their office needs to do their work and let families know."

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Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau offered his sympathies on Twitter.

"I cannot imagine what these parents are going through, and my heart goes out to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy, in the Humboldt community and beyond," his tweet read.

The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League is for North American-born players between the ages of 16 and 20 years old.

--Field Level Media