A heartbreaking image has emerged of three teenagers holding hands in hospital after surviving a horror bus crash which killed 14 of their teammates last night.
The threesome is among 14 other survivors on a bus of 28 that were involved in the crash with a truck in Canada.
The bus was transporting the Humboldt Broncos junior ice hockey team to a match when it collided with the lorry on Highway 35 in Saskatchewan.
Tragically, half of those on board the bus were killed, including the teenagers’ head coach and their teammates.
The picture of the three friends, which includes Derek Grayson, was taken just hours after the crash by Derek’s dad.
He wrote on Twitter: ‘Derek Grayson and Nick bonding and healing in hospital.’
The picture shows the teenagers hooked up to drips in their hospital beds, with one of them in a neck brace.
It is believed Derek and at least one other teenager was airlifted to the hospital after the crash.
Rhonda Clarke Tobin, the mother of another teenager who survived the crash, took to Twitter to say a young man called Parker, believed to be her son, had been hospitalized.
She said: ‘This is one of the hardest posts I have ever had to make. Parker is stable at the moment and being airlifted to Saskatoon hospital.
‘Thank you all for your kind words and messages. Please continue to pray for his Humboldt family.’
Michelle Straschnitzki, who lives in Airdrie, also said her 18-year old son Ryan had been taken to a hospital in Saskatoon/
She said: ‘We talked to him, but he said he couldn’t feel his lower extremities so I don’t know what’s going on. I am freaking out. I am so sad for all of the teammates and I am losing my mind.’
In a statement, the Broncos said: ‘The Humboldt Broncos organization has experienced incredible tragedy. While en route to Nipawin, the Broncos bus was involved in a terrible accident which has resulted in multiple fatalities and serious injuries.’
The team was on their way to play the Nipawin Hawks in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League when the crash happened.