Canadian authorities misidentified a victim in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash
The tragic bus crash that killed 15 people associated with Saskatchewan’s Humboldt Broncos got more morbid on Monday when authorities revealed they had misidentified one of the victims.
Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Justice said the Office of the Chief Coroner misidentified Parker Tobin as teammate Xavier Labelle, according to The Canadian Press. Labelle, 18, is one of the 14 injured when the bus carrying the junior hockey team collided with a semi-trailer truck on Friday, but he is alive.
Tobin, 18, previously thought to be alive, is dead.
“The Office of the Chief Coroner apologizes for the misidentification and any confusion created by it,” the ministry’s statement said on Monday. “Our condolences go out to the family of Parker Tobin.”
The statement did not offer an explanation for how the coroner’s office mixed up the two players, and the ministry did not immediately respond to questions about the error, per The Canadian Press.
The Broncos were en route to Nipawin to continue a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League semifinal series when the accident occurred around 5 p.m. on Friday. Fifteen people died in the bus crash, including the driver. Ten players, two coaches, a statistician and a broadcaster for the Broncos were among the victims. The city of Humboldt held a vigil for the victims drawing thousands on Sunday.
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