Humboldt Broncos trainer Dayna Brons dies in Saskatoon hospital

Dayna Brons, the 25-year-old trainer of the Humboldt Broncos, has died in Saskatoon hospital five days after the team’s bus crash on a Saskatchewan highway.

Her family announced the death of the Lake Lenore native today afternoon.

According to her family, “Dayna passed away peacefully this afternoon as a result of her injuries. She was surrounded by those she loved and those who loved her.”

According to a family member on Tuesday, she had suffered serious head trauma and had undergone two surgeries. She had been on a breathing apparatus and in an induced coma.

“Dayna will be forever remembered for her joyful smile, and her passion and love of sport,” her family said, adding that she was “extremely proud to be part of the Broncos family.”

Her family extended thanks to first responders, emergency staff “and all those who have cared for Dayna over these last few days for their support,” as well as  “everyone across Saskatchewan and Canada for their love and prayers during this very difficult time.”

The death of Brons brings the number of dead in the collision to 16.

According to the Saskatchewan Health Authority on Wednesday, there was no new information available on the condition of those in hospital. The health authority on Monday said 12 of the 14 people injured in the crash — a number that at the time included Brons — remained in hospital.

The collision took place Friday around 5 p.m. on Highway 35 about 30 kilometres north of Tisdale as the Broncos travelled to Nipawin from Humboldt in a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) semifinal series against the Nipawin Hawks.