Last night, a bus carrying 28 members of a Canadian junior hockey team was involved in a crash that killed 14 people and injured 14 others.
The Humboldt Broncos team was headed to Nipawin, Sask. for a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League semifinals playoff game when the crash occurred. The driver of the other vehicle was not injured.
“Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the families of our staff and athletes as well as to all who have been impacted by this horrible tragedy,” stated Broncos President, Kevin Garinger. “Our Broncos family is in shock as we try to come to grips with our incredible loss.”
An investigation into the incident is currently ongoing, but in the meantime, Canadians have rallied together to show their support for the team – whose ages range from 16 to 21 – and their families.
A GoFundMe account has been set up by a resident of Humboldt, Saskatchewan to raise funds for the families of the victims. Since the time of publishing, the fundraiser has gathered over $1.1 million of the total $2 million goal.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was also one of the thousands of Canadians who took to social media to share their condolences:
To the entire Humboldt Broncos hockey community: We are here for you. As neighbours, as friends, and as Canadians, we grieve alongside you. Statement: https://t.co/jKloGgn5io
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) April 7, 2018