Tragedy struck Canadian soil on April 6 after a bus full of young Canadian hockey players crashed into a tractor-trailer in rural Saskatchewan, leaving 15 people dead and more fighting for their lives. The Queen and Prince Philip released a somber message on Sunday evening (April 9) for those affected, saying they are “saddened” by the news.
Their joint statement read: “Prince Philip and I were saddened to hear word of the crash involving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost so much, with their families and with all Canadians who grieve with them at this difficult time.”
Her Majesty The Queen has sent this message to the families of the victims of the recent bus crash in Canada. Read the full message here > https://t.co/V7J1K1ftG1
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 8, 2018
Other celebrities, like Ellen Degeneres , Debra Messing and Chantal Kreviazuk took to social media to express their sadness over the horrific event. Ellen tweeted, “My heart breaks this morning for the entire Humboldt Broncos community,” while the Will & Grace star wrote, “Praying for the families.” The Canadian musician shared an emotional tweet, saying, “I am crying. This is every parent’s worst nightmare,” and Olympian Scott Moirtook a moment on Twitter to remember those lost. “The death of young people will never make sense. Like every Canadian, I have a heavy heart for the family, friends and loved ones of the boys of the Humboldt Broncos.”
My heart breaks this morning for the entire Humboldt Broncos community. I am sending so much love to everyone affected.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) April 7, 2018
Devastating news about the #HumboldtBroncos junior hockey team. Unthinkable tragedy. Praying for the families.
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) April 7, 2018
I am crying. This is every parents worst nightmare. I will be in prayer and will also be regretting that what faith I feel helps in the sharing of these parents grief cannot be accompanied by any works....it’s a helpless feeling. I wish there was something I could do. https://t.co/NICdJcj2MC
— chantal (@chantalkreviaz) April 7, 2018
The death of young people will never make sense. Like every Canadian, I have a heavy heart for the family, friends and loved ones of the boys of the Humboldt Broncos.
— Scott Moir (@ScottMoir) April 8, 2018
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was also deeply saddened by the news and released an official statement, writing, “To the entire Humboldt Broncos hockey community: We are here for you. As neighbours, as friends, and as Canadians, we grieve alongside you.” The 46-year-old politician traveled to the small town of Humboldt on Sunday evening to stand in solidarity at a vigil with the community.
To the entire Humboldt Broncos hockey community: We are here for you. As neighbours, as friends, and as Canadians, we grieve alongside you. Statement: https://t.co/jKloGgn5io
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) April 7, 2018
An arena was packed with more than 3,000 people mourning and remembering those lost, including Hockey Night in Canada ’s Don Cherry and a few players who survived the deadly crash. During the opening remarks, the team’s president Kevin Garinger said, “We are all Humboldt Broncos.”
The bus of 29 people was travelling to one of their team’s play-off games against the Nipawin Hawks when it crashed head-on with a truck at an intersection outside of Tisdale, Saskatchewan. The team’s head coach Darcy Haugan and the Bronco’s captain Logan Schatz are among those killed, according to The Globe and Mail . The driver of the truck survived and was initially arrested, but later released.