Last Friday evening, tragedy struck the Humboldt Broncos hockey team when their team bus collided with a semi-trailer near Tisdale, Saskatchewan. At the time of the tragedy, it was believed that 14 people lost their lives in the crash, with 15 other people injured, as confirmed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. As more information has come out about what happened, the names of the deceased are being released. Below is a compilation of those who have been confirmed to have lost their lives as more of the story comes out.
The team’s head coach was among those listed as those who lost their lives in the crash.
Tyler Bieber, who worked with Humboldt radio station 107.5 Bolt FM, and who had served as a radio announcer for the team, also passed away in the crash.
Schatz, one of the Broncos players, was confirmed to have died in the crash; he was 20 at the time of his death.
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Saskatchewan’s coroner office says two victims of the Humboldt tragedy were misidentified. • Xavier Labelle, 18 of Saskatoon, was previously identified as one of the deceased. He is alive. • The player who was killed is Parker Tobin, 18. • Tobin was born in Fort McMurray and previously played with the AJHL’s Spruce Grove Saints. • Photo by Robert Murray/@novacanuck, second image SJHL handout #ymm #fortmac #fortmcmurray #humboldt #ajhl #sjhl #parkertobin
Parker Tobin was confirmed to have died. According to CNN, he was originally listed as one of the survivors, but is now believed to have been confused with Xavier Labelle, who lost his life in the crash.
Joseph’s death was confirmed by his former team, the Surrey Eagles, according to the BBC.
What do we know about the injured?
According to CBC, it is believed that there were 29 people on board the bus at the time of the crash. Derek Patter, Greyson Cameron and Nick Shumlanski were confirmed to have been among the injured; family also confirmed that Matthieu Gomercic also survived the crash with “minor injuries.”
In light of the tragedy, Justin Trudeau issued the following statement 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.”
UPDATE: Xavier Labelle was originally included among the list of victims who lost their lives due to a coroner’s mistake, confusing him with Parker Tobin, but was later clarified to have survived, according to CNN.
As this story is developing, more information will be update as made available.