Former Spruce Grove Saints Among Dead in Tragic Crash

Parker Tobin of Stony Plain, left, and Conner Lukan of Slave Lake. (SJHL)

15 people were killed and 14 others injured after a collision involving SJHL's Humboldt Broncos bus last week.

The eyes of the nation and the world continue to be fixated on the tiny Saskatchewan community of Humboldt after an unthinkable tragedy. Shortly before 5 pm on Friday last week, a bus carrying the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League's Humboldt Broncos was struck by a semi tractor trailer while travelling to Nipawin for a playoff game that night.

On Monday morning, the RCMP continue to investigate the crash which at this time has claimed the lives of 15 people while injuring 14 others.  Two of the injured have since been released from the hospital.

While this is an unimaginable horror in many communities across Canada, there is sadly a local connection to the incident.  Former Spruce Grove Saints Conner Lukan, 20 and of Slave Lake, and Parker Tobin, 18 and of Stony Plain, are among the deceased.  Lukan's death was confirmed when the Saskatchewan RCMP released the list of those who died earlier this weekend.

In Tobin's case, an error at the coroner's office mistakenly identified one of those taken in the crash as player Xavier Labelle while it was reported Tobin was being airlifted to hospital.  In a gut wrenching correction, the identities were mistaken and as of this morning Labelle is now reported as receiving treatment in hospital while Tobin is sadly now one of the lives taken far too soon.

Other Albertans involved in the accident include Derek Patter, a 19 year old player from Edmonton, who is currently in hospital; Graysen Cameron, an 18 year old player from Olds who was injured; Ryan Straschnitzki, an 18 year old player from Airdrie who as of this time is reported as paralyzed from the chest down; Tyler Smith, a 19 year old player from Leduc who was injured; Jaxon Joseph, a 20 year old player from Edmonton who was killed in the crash; Logan Hunter, an 18 year old player from St. Albert who was killed in the crash; Stephen Wack, a 21 year old player from St. Albert who was killed in the crash; Logan Boulet, a 21 year old player from Lethbridge who was mortally injured and kept on life support until his organs could be donated and are reported to have saved six lives; and Darcy Haugan, the 42 year old coach of the Broncos who was from Peace River, Alberta.

The Saskatchewan RCMP are continuing their investigation into the cause of the accident.  

-TS
 

 

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