New Brunswick

Bus carrying N.B. junior hockey team involved in fatal crash, driver of other car killed

The team bus carrying the Miramichi Timberwolves of the Maritime Junior Hockey League was involved in a collision with a car around 11:30 Sunday morning. The driver of the car died at the scene.

Team says no one on the bus was injured; driver of car dies at scene

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)

A bus carrying players and staff from the Miramichi Timberwolves hockey team was involved in a fatal collision with a car on the way to a game in Fredericton on Sunday. 

The driver of the car involved died at the scene, according to RCMP.

Police confirmed there was a fatal crash involving a bus and a car near Astle, on Route 8 between Miramichi and Fredericton. But they wouldn't confirm it was the bus transporting the Timberwolves.

However, the Maritime Junior Hockey League confirmed in a statement Sunday afternoon that their bus had been involved in a fatal crash near Astle. James Faulkner, the league's director of communications, said those on the bus suffered only "limited injuries."

He also said grief counsellors and support are being made available to the team.

The league offered condolences to the family of the victim.

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

Highway 8 near Astle was closed earlier because of the collision but has reopened, the RCMP said in a tweet Sunday night.

RCMP Sgt. Andrew Griffiths said the driver of the car was the only occupant of that vehicle. 

An investigation into the cause of the crash is underway.