Canada hockey-bus crash leaves 15 dead, Alaska teams stunned

HUMBOLDT, Saskatchewan, April 8 (Reuters): A small farming town in Canada's Saskatchewan province will hold a vigil Sunday evening to pray for the survivors of a bus crash which killed 15 people and left 14 others in hospital, some in critical condition.

The Broncos website says Joseph, who was 20 years old, was among the leading scorers in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League playoffs, playing on a line with Logan Schatz, another player who lost his life in the crash.

Authorities are still working to determine what caused the crash. The lorry's driver was not hurt. Athletes and teams in a variety of sports have been paying tribute to the team with some wearing "Broncos" on their caps or shoes and others sporting the word across their backs. A GoFundMe campaign titled "Funds for Humboldt Broncos" had raised more than $3.55 million as of Sunday morning.

Pastor Jordan Gadsby of Nipawin's Apostolic Church said hundreds of people, including parents and relatives of players on the bus, had gathered at the church late on Friday to seek information and solace.

Opp said the coaching staff and players from the Hawks are waiting to help.

Wilson said he filled in a few times for Bieber because he was also busy coaching the Humbolt high school's basketball and football teams. He played for the team for more than four years.

Labelle, 18, was confirmed dead by his brother Isaac Labelle in an Instagram post.

"Now I don't know what goes on now".

"I think everybody can relate to this experience", said Muench, the mayor.

At least six other players, aged between 16 and 21, are reported to be among the dead, as well as an assistant coach and two people from a local radio station. The names of the dead and injured have not been released, but some have been confirmed by family members and others.

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The Saskatoon StarPhoenix said 14 more were injured - including three critically - in Friday's accident involving the Humboldt Broncos team bus.

The family flew to his bedside on Saturday. Blackmur now coaches the town's Midget AA team.

"I'm sure that Humboldt is devastated, and I don't know if it will ever come back from a situation like this", Hall told NHL.com on Saturday from his farm in Stony Plain, Alberta.

What is known about the crash?

The collision took place on Highway 35 north of Tisdale.

John Smith noted that Herold played for the Regina team until just weeks ago, but was sent to join the Broncos for their playoff round when the Pat Canadians' season wrapped up.

Aerial photographs of the crash site show it happened close to a junction between two roads.

"It is a significant accident, we had a tractor trailer and a bus collide", Royal Canadian Mounted Police inspector Ted Monro said, declining to give details about the victims.

Myles Shumlanski, father of one of the Broncos players, described the crash scene as a "disaster" to the Saskatoon Star Phoenix paper.

Joseph was very talented, McAvoy said, while he "obviously got a lot of it from his dad, a lot of it was on his own as well".

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