This isn’t Red Wings-related, but it’s a topic that’s generating a lot of discussion, and sadly so. I don’t know how one faces this, other than acknowledging its presence and offering what one can in the awfully inadequate “thoughts and prayers” department. Per the Canadian Press:
RCMP say 14 people are dead and 14 people were injured Friday after a truck collided with a bus carrying a junior hockey team to a playoff game in northeastern Saskatchewan.
Police say there were 28 people including the driver on board the Humboldt Broncos bus when the crash occurred at around 5 p.m. on Highway 35 north of Tisdale.
“We can now confirm fourteen people have died as a result of this collision,” RCMP said in a release early Saturday.
“The other fourteen people were sent to hospital with a variety of injuries; three of these people have injuries that are critical in nature.”
No names were released and police would not say whether the dead include players or coaches. There was no mention of the truck driver.
The team president said parents from across Western Canada were rushing to the scene as they struggle to cope with the tragedy.
“It’s one of the hardest days of my life,” said Kevin Garinger. “There have been multiple fatalities — our whole community is in shock, we are grieving and we will continue to grieve throughout this ordeal as we try to work toward supporting each other.”
I’ll try to update the charitable endeavors surrounding this horrible tragedy.
Update: Here’s a link to the GoFundMe account:
— Bob Kaser (@bkaser1) April 7, 2018