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At least 14 people killed in crash involving Canadian junior hockey team

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By Nicole Chavez and Carma Hassan, CNN

    (CNN) -- A crash between a tractor-trailer and a bus carrying a junior league hockey team left 14 people dead Friday in western Canada, police said.

Members of the Humboldt Broncos were headed to Nipawin, Saskatchewan, when the crash happened north of Tisdale, Saskatchewan.

Fourteen others were wounded in the crash and taken to a hospital. Three of them were in critical condition, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police told CNN network partner CTV.

A total of 28 people -- including the driver -- were on the bus at the time of the incident, police said.

Authorities have not identified the victims and would not confirm whether they were players or coaches.

"Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the families of our staff and athletes as well as to all who have been impacted by this horrible tragedy," Kevin Garinger, the team's president said in a statement. "Our Broncos family is in shock as we try to come to grips with our incredible loss."

The team was scheduled to play the Nipawin Hawks on Friday.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted his condolences to the victims of the crash.

"I cannot imagine what these parents are going through, and my heart goes out to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy, in the Humboldt community and beyond," Trudeau wrote.

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