Three males and three females, ranging in age from 13 to 17, died following a crash about six kilometres southeast of Lloydminster, a city on the Saskatchewan/Alberta border.
Tarren Attfield, Jayden Boettcher, Kristopher Tavener — all from Marshall, Sask. — and three girls, who have not been publicly identified, died in the collision about six kilometres southeast of Lloydminster.
Five of the teens died at the scene. A sixth died later in hospital.
The driver of the tanker truck sustained undetermined injuries and is listed in stable condition.
Tavener's parents call their son a "protective big brother and a loving son," a "true and faithful friend" who was a gifted hockey player.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time in the outdoors.
"A part of our world has been taken , we will never ever forget you and love you always," the family said in a statement.
Boettcher was described by his mother as an avid fitness addict who loved snowboarding and playing basketball.
He was best friends with Tarren Attfield, who also died in the crash.
Lloydminster mayor Jeff Mulligan says Saturday was a dark day for the community.
“It's a tough day but it's one of those things,” he said.
"We all should today reach out and hug our kids and grandkids and tell them that this is too big a price to pay to have fun.”
In Marshall, friends raised three flags at the school bearing the boys' names. They also wrote their names in chalk on the sidewalk at the school entrance along with the words "Forever in our hearts."