A press conference was held yesterday regarding the Humboldt Broncos fatal bus crash. The presidents of the Humboldt Broncos and SJHL spoke, as did the Mayor of Humboldt and Saskatchewan RCMP.
RCMP have confirmed 15 deaths and 14 injuries after a semi collided with the bus near Tisdale Friday evening. There were 29 people on the team bus, including players, coach staff and the play-by-play broadcaster, as well as the bus driver. The driver of the semi was not injured in the accident.
Assistant Commissioner Curtis Zablocki, with the Saskatchewan RCMP, said the investigation will be looking at all aspects of the collision to figure out what happened.
"The driver of the semi-trailer tractor unit is not in custody," said Zablocki. "As part of the process of the investigation, the driver was detained initially. Our investigative processes were implemented and the driver has subsequently been released. He has also been provided with some mental health and wellness assistance."
The cause of the investigation is still under investigation. Zablocki said a number of avenues need to be considered such as road and weather conditions, the condition of the driver and mechanical conditions.
Zablocki praised the work of about 50 emergency personnel who responded to the accident site Friday evening. Two STARS air ambulances were called to the scene, along with area police, fire and rescue, and emergency medical technicians. Several volunteers who came across the scene also offered their assistance.
Parents and family of individuals seeking information about their family members who may have been in the accident involving the Humboldt Broncos bus can call 306-752-8700.