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Vigil Planned For 15 Who Were Killed In Canadian Junior Hockey Team Bus Crash

April 08, 2018 - 2:57 pm

HUMBOLDT, Saskatchewan (1010 WINS/AP) -- A vigil was planned for Sunday night for the Canadian junior hockey team involved in a fatal bus crash late last week.

Fifteen people died when the Humboldt Broncos team bus collided with a truck Friday. The team was headed out for a crucial playoff game six that had been planned for Friday against the Nipawin Hawks.

The bus driving the Humboldt Broncos had 28 passengers, including the driver, when it crashed at about 5 p.m. Friday on Highway 35 in Saskatchewan, Canadian police said.

On Sunday, flowers and teddy bears lined the stairs to the hockey arena in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, where the community had been planning the game.

Instead, the arena is hosting a tribute to those who died – many of them teachers.

Also lost was head coach Darcy Haugan, whose sister, Debbie Carpenter, said the team meant everything to him.

“Those are his boys. I know he would have – and he did – lay down his life for any of them,” Carpenter told ABC News’ Mona Rivera.

A GoFundMe page for the victims’ families raised nearly $3 million in one day.

(Copyright 2018 1010 WINS. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)