Truck collides with bus carrying Canadian ice hockey team

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A truck has collided with a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos ice hockey team in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, killing and injuring an unknown number of people, local officials say.

The accident happened on late Friday afternoon when a semi-trailer collided with the bus on Highway 35, about 30 kilometers (18 miles) north of Tisdale, or 208 kilometers (129 miles) northeast of Saskatoon.

“Fatalities have been confirmed, as have a number of injuries. We are unable to confirm numbers at this time,” the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a statement, adding that rescue efforts are continuing.

The bus was carrying the Humboldt Broncos, which is an ice hockey team from Humboldt and two-time national champions of the Royal Bank Cup. It was not immediately known how many people were on board the bus.

The accident happened just hours before the Humboldt Broncos were due to play at a National Hockey League playoff draft and calcutta in Humboldt, which is 100 kilometers (62 miles) southwest of Tisdale.

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