13:42 GMT05 August 2020
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A bus carrying a Canadian junior hockey team Humboldt Broncos collided with a semi-truck on Friday on a road in the southern Saskatchewan province, leading to fatalities, authorities said.

    A spokesman for Nipawin Royal Canadian Mounted Police told reporters RCMP was conducting a rescue operation together with multiple emergency personnel some 19 miles north of Tisdale.

    "We can confirm there are fatalities among the passengers on the bus. There are also a number of serious injuries. We cannot confirm numbers at this time," he said.

    ​The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) said on Twitter it was aware of an accident involving the bus of the Humboldt Broncos team.

    ​Nipawin Hawks, who were scheduled to play against them on Friday night, said on Facebook that the game had been cancelled.

    Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe expressed his condolences in a Facebook posting and thanked first responders for their courageous response "under the most difficult circumstances imaginable."


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