Fatal bus crash

A horrible bus crash kills 10 members of a hockey team and five others

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The site of the crash between the bus and the tractor-trailer.

The site of the crash between the bus and the tractor-trailer.

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The site of the crash between the bus and the tractor-trailer.

Jeremy Pe, Staff Writer

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Last Friday April 6th, a tragedy occurred at around 5 p.m. north of Tisdale, Canada. The Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team was headed for Nipawin for a playoff game. The bus was traveling when suddenly a tractor-trailer traveling west on Highway 335 crashed into the bus. Ten players that were between the ages of 16-20 on the hockey team and five others were killed. Among the five others were two coaches and two announcers. Over 13 others were injured. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured after the accident. Although he was initially arrested, he was later released and the police decided to not investigate him. There are currently investigators working hard to figure out all the details of the incident.

The Humboldt team was going to play the Nipawin Hawks in the fifth game of a best of seven playoff series. This series was the semifinals for a cup called The Road to the Canalta Cup for NIP and HUM. NIP and HUM were just one of two teams included in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, or the SJHL. Two days prior to the tragedy, NIP had beaten HUM 6-5 in three overtimes to give them a 3-1 series lead.

Since the one of the main sports of Canada is hockey, the tragedy hit the whole country hard. News has even reached the United States, where social media users across the country are paying tribute to the Humboldt Broncos by leaving their sticks out on their porch. One of the coaches for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Brad Lauer, played for the Broncos as a teen and was deeply saddened by this tragedy. Two hashtags have risen in popularity since the incident #putyoursticksout and #humboldtstrong.

A GoFundMe campaign was started by Sylvie Kellington, a Humboldt resident who had a son that played for the Broncos but wasn’t involved in the crash. It was started to help raise funds for the families affected by the tragedy. $4.7 million was raised within the first two days and is still rising.

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