A group of young men had their lives ended far too early this weekend,
A tragic accident involving a tractor trailer and a junior hockey team bus resulted in the death of more than half the kids on the bus.
This accident is very reminiscent of the Marshall football team tragedy.
The Homboldt Broncos are a junior hockey team playing out of Saskatchewan.
The players on the team range in age from 16 to 21.
Dozens of professional hockey players have passed through this organization at some point in their careers.
The bus was carrying a total of 29 people.
At first, the death toll was 14, but another player passed away on Saturday, bringing the total to 15.
The other 14 people on the bus were injured, many remain in the hospital in critical condition.
Teams like the Broncos are always deeply rooted in the local community.
It is no surprise the community in Homboldt is in a state of shock right now.
The Mayor of Humboldt stated, “This tragedy has hit a number of people, not just us, but I think everybody can relate to this experience.”
One of the reasons the community if devastated is because many of these players are adopted by locals.
Since many of the players come from around the world, local families sponsor the players and allow them to live in their homes while playing for the team.
They obviously form a tight bond not only with the players, but also the families of the players.
After the accident, the driver of the tractor trailer had been detained.
He was later released by authorities with no charges being filed.
Local law enforcement stated, “This is a very involved investigation and, due to the large amount of evidence, information, and number of victims, this work will take some time.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the families of the victims of the crash.
Within 18 hours of the page being established, $1 million of the $2 million goal has been donated.