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‘Mass fatality crash’ on Canadian highway claims at least 15 lives, Local police say

At least 15 killed in 'mass casualty collision' on highway in Canada

In a “mass casualty collision” that happened on a Canadian highway on Thursday, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said that at least 15 people were killed and 10 others were wounded.

According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, a semi-trailer truck and a bus collided on the Trans-Canada Highway close to the town of Carberry in southwest Manitoba. The accident happened at about 11:40 a.m. local time. According to authorities, the bus crossed over from the southbound lanes of Highway 5 to the eastbound lanes of Highway 1 as the semi-trailer was moving eastward on Highway 1.

Superintendent Rob Lasson, the officer in charge of serious crime services for Manitoba, told reporters during a news conference on Thursday night that it was “immediately clear that this was a mass casualty situation.”

Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada, described the news of the collision as “incredibly tragic.”

“I’m sending my deepest condolences to those who lost loved ones today, and I’m keeping the injured in my thoughts,” he tweeted . “I cannot imagine the pain those affected are feeling — but Canadians are here for you.”

On June 15, 2023, when emergency personnel arrive at the site of a fatal traffic collision at Carberry, west of Winnipeg, Canada, smoke is seen coming from a car.
According to Assistant Commissioner Rob Hill, the bus was transporting 25, most of them were seniors.

According to Hill, ten persons were taken to the hospital with various wounds. He stated that the local medical examiner was attempting to establish the victims’ identities.

During the news conference, Hill remarked, “To all those waiting, I can’t imagine how difficult it is not knowing if the person you love the most will be making it home tonight.”

According to officials, both drivers are in the hospital after surviving the collision. Lasson emphasized that although it was still early, the situation will be thoroughly looked into. Lasson described it as a “complex, large investigation,” adding that “we need to be alive to the fact that there could be wrongdoing and, if so, there could be a criminal element to this investigation.”

This still shot was taken from a social media video showing first responders securing the area at the collision scene in Carberry, Manitoba, Canada, on June 15, 2023.

The awful news that came out of Manitoba this afternoon has left “all of us at Day & Ross heartbroken,” Day & Ross CEO William Doherty said in a statement to CTV. The entire Day & Ross team is in mourning for those who lost loved ones in this terrible accident, and we are keeping our fingers crossed for those who were hurt to make a full recovery.

By Richard M. Lunsford

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