Humboldt Broncos Tragedy Claims 16th Victim

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Dayna Brons, 25, an Athletic Director for the Humboldt Broncos, has died as a result of injuries suffered when the Humboldt Broncos team bus was struck by a semi-trailer killing 15 team members instantly and injuring 14 others.

Brons, who survived the catastrophic accident, died peacefully surrounded by family and friends, her parents said in released statement.

"Dayna will be forever remembered for her joyful smile, and her passion and love of sport," they said in a statement released by the Saskatchewan Health Authority, adding that she was "extremely proud to be part of the Broncos family," Fox News reported.


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The devastating deadly accident, which occurred Friday, April 6, as the Broncos, a Canadian A Junior League team, were traveling on a routine bus ride to neighboring Nipawan for the beginning of the Hockey playoffs.

The force of the crash imploded the trailer portion of the 18 wheeler, and sheered the front of the bus, separating the vehicle. Pictures from the scene sent out through social media, show the traumatizing damage, which Dr. Hassan Masri, an attending ER physician at Saskatoon's Royal University Hospital who has worked in Syria during intense bombing strikes, said the carnage of the Humboldt Hockey bus accident reminded him of the "devastation caused by airstrikes."

"Last night can only be described as the longest, worst and most tragic night of my career. The images can't be unseen or forgotten, the stories can't be unheard or ignored. Meeting each family and explaining the extent of each injury was nothing short of a painful exercise of cruelty. Families waiting for hours to identify their loved ones and smiling of joy at the idea of a significant injury as long as it meant that their loved one was alive brought chills to my spine," Masri said on FaceBook, which can be read here.

The Royal Mounted Canadian Police have indicated they are still investigating the crash and have ordered the trucking company to cease its operations, until the investigation is complete.


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The Adesh Deol Trucking Co, a small independent long haul trucking company, has only one additional truck available. The driver, who has remained unidentified by all had only recently started with the company based in Calgary.

The Gofundme page set up for the has become the most successful Canadian Fundraiser with more than $9,000,000 in contributions donated in four days from more than 60,000 people in 60 countries and triggered an outpouring of support. Hockey sticks are out, in Canada where hockey is described as family, to North American, Europe, Australia, and around the world. 

The deep, shocking, incapacitating tragedy transcends borders and boundaries as humans around the world have responded to help, to pray, to care.

 

Photo of Ms. Brons courtesy of Saskatchewan Health Authority; Humboldt Broncos photo courtesy of Humboldt Broncos.

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