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The Sails at the foot of Bernard Avenue in downtown Kelowna was bathed in green light Saturday, April 7, in honour of the victims of a bus crash that killed 15 junior hockey players and staff.
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April 09, 2018 - 5:00 PM

KELOWNA - Residents of the hockey-loving City of Kelowna have joined the world in mourning the tragic accident that killed 15 members of a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team last week.

Police say there were 28 people on board the Humboldt Broncos team bus when it collided with a loaded semi on Highway 35 north of Tisdale around 5 p.m. Friday, April 6.

The crash killed 15 people, including both the head coach and team captain.

Another 15 were sent to hospital, three in critical condition.

The wreckage of a fatal crash outside of Tisdale, Sask., is seen Saturday, April, 7, 2018. A bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos hockey team crashed into a truck en route to Nipawin for a game Friday night killing 14 and sending over a dozen more to the hospital.
The wreckage of a fatal crash outside of Tisdale, Sask., is seen Saturday, April, 7, 2018. A bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos hockey team crashed into a truck en route to Nipawin for a game Friday night killing 14 and sending over a dozen more to the hospital.
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Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran called it "every parents worst nightmare."

"Hockey is a game that usually unites us in celebration but today unites us in grieving for lives lost and forever damaged by this terrible accident," the City said in a statement issued the day after the crash. "From one hockey community to another, our thoughts are with the team and their families."

On Saturday the Sails at the foot of Bernard Avenue were bathed in the Humboldt Bronco's team colour "as a symbolic expression of our solidarity with that community, those who perished and for those who are injured."

Director of Business Operations for the West Kelowna Warriors Alex Draper announced over the weekend the West Kelowna Warriors would hold a candlelight vigil in the courtyard at Royal Lepage Place on Thursday April 12 at 6 p.m.

"Wear your favorite team jersey and invite all team members from your group no matter what sport they play," he writes. "This has impacted all of us profoundly so lets support each other but mainly the town of Humboldt."

Close to $5 million has already been raised for victims. Visit the Bronco's GoFundMe page to make a donation.


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