Wisconsin bus crash: Family support and sports reaction

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The football field at Waukesha North High School in a photo taken shortly after the accident A tragic deadly bus crash in Wisconsin has affected a number of…

Wisconsin bus crash: Family support and sports reaction

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The football field at Waukesha North High School in a photo taken shortly after the accident

A tragic deadly bus crash in Wisconsin has affected a number of sports teams.

Thousands of fans have been shown standing in silence for those involved in a coach crash that killed six people and injured another 20.

In a statement, US President Donald Trump called it “an absolute disgrace” and called for a complete investigation.

While members of the football team at Waukesha North High School held an emotional minute’s silence before a game, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers said more should be done to ensure buses are safe.

A number of politicians and sports teams have reacted to the accident with support for those affected.

In a statement, Waukesha North high school’s athletic director told students they were “among the many who will face many challenges”.

“Please have your own thoughts and prayers and support your friends and family impacted by this tragedy,” said Jack Day, a sixth-grade teacher at the school who is also an assistant football coach.

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Authorities also confirmed two of the 13 passengers on board the bus are still in a critical condition. Image caption Family and friends of the victims had been called to the school to offer support

Red and white balloons were released from a school fire truck which looped back to sit at the foot of the stage. At Waukesha Central High School students were observing a minute’s silence for those involved in the accident and taking turns participating in an exercise they called ‘Team Hug’, says 6 News in Milwaukee.

Relatives of one of the crash victims have set up a GoFundMe page. It describes her as a devoted daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece and friend. It says she was on her way home from college, but ended up in a vehicle that was hit by a bus.

Image copyright AFP Image caption White crosses sit at the side of the road near where the bus crashed

The crash is being investigated by Wisconsin authorities, after being called in to assist by the National Transportation Safety Board.

However, the NTSB has confirmed it “will defer” any involvement to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, which is leading the investigation into how the crash happened.

“NTSB does not have the expertise to advance on that front.

“The crash site is private property, so NTSB will only work on a forensic scope to determine any evidence on how the crash occurred,” wrote the NTSB in a statement.

The coach, operated by USA Football, was taking players and staff to a US college game.

The players were headed to the University of Iowa – one of several teams involved in the event. All of the participants have been identified as alumni of Waukesha North.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An image shows pieces of the coach strewn across the road.

The games at the game were cancelled in the wake of the crash.

The crash has also affected the National Football League (NFL), after Friday’s New York Giants-Chicago Bears game was called off.

“Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with the families of the innocent victims of today’s tragic tragedy in Wisconsin,” the Giants said in a statement on their website.

An NFL spokesman added that the league “will continue to monitor the situation and provide additional information as appropriate”.

USA Football, which sponsors high school teams across the US, has said that it has extended its “deepest sympathies to all those affected by today’s tragedy”.

Image copyright EPA Image caption Superintendent Mary Beth Hegstad briefed local media on the crash

There are nearly 2,000 USA Football coaches and assistant coaches in the Waukesha area, a recent figure on the organisation’s website shows.

“We are offering all our support and the full resources of USA Football to the victims, their families and our community,” said Andy Smith, USA Football’s senior vice president of sports and game operations.

He urged people who would be driving or riding buses in the area to be extra vigilant.

“We will be sharing with everyone where and when restrictions are in place on the Wisconsin highways, and safety is our No 1 priority,” he said.

The players had been travelling from Florida to campus before boarding the coach for the trip to Iowa.

Three people remained in a critical condition on Wednesday evening, according to local hospitals. Eighteen people have been discharged.

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