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15 Killed in Crash on Highway 1 Near Carberry, Manitoba

June 15, 2023 1:22 PM | News

Highway 1 - Carberry Crash

A vehicle burns in the ditch on Highway 1 near Highway 5 after a crash involving a semi-trailer truck on Thursday, June 15, 2023. (SKILLED TRUCKERS CANADA / FACEBOOK)

At least 15 people have been killed in a crash on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Winnipeg near Carberry, Manitoba.

The crash happened at 11:43 a.m. on Thursday at Highway 1 and Highway 5 involving a Day & Ross semi-trailer truck and a shuttle carrying 25 seniors to the nearby Sand Hills Casino.

RCMP say 10 passengers were taken to hospital with serious injuries. The majority of passengers were from Dauphin and surrounding areas.

According to police, the semi-truck was travelling east on Highway 1 while the bus was travelling south on Highway 5. The bus had crossed the westbound lanes of Highway 1 and was crossing the eastbound lanes when it was struck by the semi.

Drivers from both vehicles survived the crash, according to RCMP.

“Sadly, this is a day in Manitoba and across Canada that will be remembered as one of tragedy and incredible sadness,” said Assistant Commissioner Rob Hill, the commanding officer of Manitoba’s RCMP, during a late afternoon news conference.

Hill said his thoughts go out to families anxiously waiting for news of their loved ones.

“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.”

STARS air ambulance dispatched two helicopters from Winnipeg and Regina to the scene.

Photos taken by witnesses showed a vehicle in the ditch completely engulfed in flames and a semi-truck with its front end smashed in.

The pavement was littered with debris — broken glass, a large bumper and what looked like a walker. Seven blue and yellow tarps were stretched out.

The Manitoba RCMP deployed all available resources to the scene of the collision.

The Health Sciences Centre was placed into code orange — a term that means preparing for a mass casualty event. Shared Health says the heightened code response ended shortly after 4 p.m. Four hospitals in both Prairie Mountain Health and the Winnipeg Health Region are treating patients related to the crash. The majority of injuries are head injuries and orthopedic in nature.

The transport bus was being operated by Quality Care Transit and is similar to the one shown below. On its Facebook page, the company promoted the day trip to the casino with a free meal and a $15 player pass. The bus departed the seniors centre at 9:30 a.m. and was to return at 7:30 p.m.

Dauphin Senior Centre Van

The seniors were travelling on a bus similar to this one from the Dauphin Senior Centre, as shown in this 2013 photo. (GOOGLE STREET VIEW)

Family rooms have been established in both health regions as a result. Family members seeking information are asked to contact the HSC switchboard at (204) 787-3661 or 1-877-499-8774. The Brandon Regional Health Centre can be reached at (204) 578-4080.

A support centre to assist family members has been opened in the basement of the Lutheran Church in Dauphin at 2 Kirby Avenue. Family members awaiting information on a loved one can call (204) 647-5058.

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Highway 1 - Carberry Crash

The scene of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 1 near Highway 5 involving a semi-trailer truck on Thursday, June 15, 2023. (SKILLED TRUCKERS CANADA / FACEBOOK)

Carberry is 170 kilometres west of Winnipeg.

Last updated at 7:30 p.m.