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Sports Bus carrying Miramichi Timberwolves to game in Fredericton involved in fatal crash

23:30  24 october  2021
23:30  24 october  2021 Source:   cbc.ca

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a car parked in a parking lot: The Miramichi Timberwolves of the Maritime Junior Hockey League have posted on their Facebook page that their team bus was in a crash on the way to Fredericton on Sunday. © David Bell/CBC The Miramichi Timberwolves of the Maritime Junior Hockey League have posted on their Facebook page that their team bus was in a crash on the way to Fredericton on Sunday.

The Miramichi Timberwolves of the Maritime Junior Hockey League were involved in a fatal bus crash on the way to Fredericton Sunday.

In a statement Sunday afternoon, James Faulkner, the league's director of communications, said that a bus carrying players and staff with the team was involved in a fatal accident Sunday afternoon in Astle, N.B.

The driver of the vehicle involved in the collision with the bus died at the scene.

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The statement says that those on the bus sustained limited injuries. Grief counsellors and support are being made available to the team.

The Timberwolves were scheduled to play the Fredericton Red Wings Sunday afternoon, but the game was postponed.

The league offered condolences to the family of the victim.

RCMP posted a tweet Sunday that Highway 8 near Astle was closed and that traffic was being diverted due to the incident. That is the highway that runs between Miramichi and Fredericton.

RCMP Sgt. Andrew Griffiths confirmed in an interview that RCMP responded to a collision involving a bus and a car at 11:30 a.m.

Griffiths did not confirm that it was Miramichi's bus involved in the crash.

The driver of the car was the only occupant. Griffiths confirmed that those on the bus suffered no serious injuries.

RCMP say the road is expected to be closed for a few more hours. They will post on social media once the road has reopened.

An investigation is underway.

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