Not less than 14 people died last night when a lorry and a bus carrying a junior ice hockey team collided in Canada on Friday evening.
Members of the Humboldt Broncos were travelling on Highway 35, north of Tisdale in the province of Saskatchewan, the BBC reports.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said 28 people were on the bus, 14 of whom were killed, including the driver.
The other 14 aboard the bus have been taken to hospital. Three are in critical condition.
In a tweet, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote: “I cannot imagine what these parents are going through.”
The lorry and the bus collided at around 17:00 local time (23:00 GMT).
The hockey team, who plays in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, was en route to a play-off game against the Nipawin Hawks.
The team list shows the players are aged between 16 and 21.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police inspector, Ted Munro, said rescue efforts were ongoing and that the police had set up an information and support centre for families at the Nipawin Apostolic Church.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families tonight,” he said.
Myles Shumlanski, father to one of the Broncos players, arrived at the scene after a call from his son.
“It was a disaster,” he told the Saskatoon Star Phoenix paper. “We had a crane lifting the bus.”
Team president, Kevin Garinger, released a statement extending “our thoughts and prayers” to the families of staff and athletes.