Update: 16 killed after Humboldt Bus Tragedy

Humboldt Broncos trainer Dayna Brons, died on April 11, 2018, from injuries sustained in the bus crash on April 6. (Dayna Brons/Facebook)

A bus crash in rural Saskatchewan on April 6, has now claimed 16 lives and injured over a dozen. The Humboldt Broncos, from the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, were traveling to their next playoff game in Nipawin when the deadly crash took place.

On April 11, 2018, Humboldt Broncos trainer Dayna Brons passed away, after being seriously injured in the bus crash.

Their team bus collided with a tractor trailer hauling peat-moss causing both vehicles to be obliterated. The driver of the tractor-trailer survived, but 10 players and 6 team personnel were killed in the crash.

Initially, defenseman Xavier Labelle was reportedly killed in the crash and goaltender Parker Tobin was reported alive, but the coroners office has clarified this error in mistakenly identifying the two young men. Xavier Labelle is now reportedly alive and sadly Parker Tobin was killed in the crash.

Xavier Labelle (left), defenseman for the Humboldt Broncos, was mistakenly declared dead. Parker Tobin (right), former goaltender of the Humboldt Broncos, was killed in the crash on Friday. (Credit: @tobin35/Instagram and Xavier Labelle/Facebook)

All former players and teammates were in Humboldt Sunday evening, attending a vigil and offering their support to loved ones of those involved in the crash.

The initial goal for a Go-Fund-Me page in support of those killed in the crash was only 100,000 dollars. The page has now surpassed over 9.5 million dollars raised from approximately 117,000 people in just 5 days. It is the largest Go-Fund-Me page in Canadian history and is in the top-5 globally.

The Humboldt Broncos hockey team, tragically lost 15 members of its organization in a bus crash. (Courtesy: Humboldt Broncos Jr ‘A’ Hockey Club/Facebook)

Chris Crowell spoke with BCIT News in a phone interview with reporter Ben Phillips about the sudden tragedy:


BCIT News’ Spencer Harwood details the tragic events that took place on April 6th, 2018 and the community’s response with this video:

The tragedy has sparked mourning and tributes across Canada and the hockey community world-wide. Reid Gardner, who grew up in Humboldt, remembers looking up to the team as a young kid:

In 1986, a bus crash killed 4 Swift Current Broncos players just outside of the team’s hometown. Sheldon Kennedy, Bob Wilkie, and Peter Soberlak, all survivors of the ’86 crash, visited the Humboldt crash survivors in hospital and offered condolences to the families of those who were killed.

In a tribute to the players and staff lost in the tragedy, many supporters of the team have put a hockey stick outside by their front door or at their outdoor rinks: