Bus-truck collision in Canada leaves 15 people dead and dozens injured
According to statistics, 4,000 people die each year in Canada as a result of traffic accidents and there are 700,000 collisions per year.
At least 15 people were killed in a “multiple-victim collision” that occurred on a highway in Canada and 10 others had been taken to hospitals with injuries.
At least 15 people were killed in the Canadian province of Manitoba after a semi-trailer truck hit a small bus that was carrying a group of mainly elderly people, local police said https://t.co/8xF5r4h5hs pic.twitter.com/zxoIzRvbeh
— Reuters (@Reuters) June 16, 2023
The accident occurred on the Trans-Canada Highway between a truck and a bus near the town of Carberry in southwestern Manitoba, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
According to authorities, one of the vehicles was being used to transport elderly and physically disabled people, as crews mounted one of the largest emergency responses in the region’s history.
The bus was struck by the truck as it crossed the eastbound lanes, but there is no indication whether the unit had the right to leave the lane as the accident is still under investigation, said Superintendent Rob Lasson, officer in charge of RCMP Major Crime Services.
“This is a day in Manitoba and across Canada that will be remembered as one of tragedy and incredible sadness,” said commanding officer Rob Hill at a news conference.
“For all those waiting, I can’t imagine how difficult it is to not know if the person you love the most will make it home tonight. I’m so sorry that we can’t provide you with the definitive answers you need more quickly,” he continued.
Meanwhile, a “code orange” was declared at local hospitals shortly after noon Thursday, meaning a response to many victims.
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted about the crash, “The news from Carberry, Manitoba, is incredibly tragic. I am sending my deepest condolences to those who lost loved ones today, and I am keeping the injured in my thoughts. I can’t imagine the pain those affected are feeling, but Canadians are here to help.”
The news from Carberry, Manitoba is incredibly tragic. I’m sending my deepest condolences to those who lost loved ones today, and I’m keeping the injured in my thoughts. I cannot imagine the pain those affected are feeling – but Canadians are here for you.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) June 15, 2023