Fiery Tragedy Leaves 15 Dead

( – HAPPENING NOW: A tragic accident occurred in Canada when a bus en route to a casino and a semi-truck crashed at a rural intersection, resulting in the death of 15 individuals, primarily senior citizens. Ten other passengers were injured in the collision.

The bus was transporting 25 passengers, with most being senior citizens residing in or around the city of Dauphin in western Manitoba. The accident took place around 11:40 a.m. on Thursday, as disclosed by Rob Hill, the Commanding Officer of the Manitoba Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Officials confirmed that the drivers of both vehicles survived the incident, and the deceased were primarily senior citizens.

The ten injured individuals were rushed to nearby hospitals, although their health status remains uncertain.

The crash’s aftermath left the Trans-Canada Highway intersection and Highway 5 in Carberry, located about 105 miles west of Manitoba’s capital, Winnipeg, strewn with broken glass and debris. Canadian media displayed images of a large bus lying in a ditch, appearing to smolder, and a damaged transport truck. Several tarps were laid out across the site.

According to RCMP Superintendent Rob Lasson, the bus was traveling south, and a stop and yield sign would have been present. The bus was hit by the truck as it crossed the eastbound lanes on the Trans-Canada Highway. However, authorities are yet to confirm who had the right of way.

Ron Bretecher, a worried relative of two passengers, shared his anguish with CBC, revealing that his parents were on the casino-bound bus. His mother was receiving treatment at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, but there was no information about his father. “My family’s just basically waiting for word,” Bretecher stated. “It’s just very difficult.”

A witness, Nirmesh Vadera, working at a nearby business, reported seeing a transport truck with a severely damaged engine on the road and a bus ablaze off to the side. First responders were scrambling to rescue people from the fiery wreckage. “It was burning and all the (firefighters) and medical help and everybody was trying to get them away from the fire,” he explained.

This tragic incident revived painful memories for many Canadians of a similar accident in 2018 in Saskatchewan. A crash between a bus and a truck had claimed the lives of 16 members of the Humboldt Broncos minor league hockey team.