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Tragic Collision: Bus Full of Seniors Heading to Casino Collides with Truck, Killing 15 People

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In a heartbreaking incident, a bus carrying 25 seniors to a casino collided with a semi-trailer truck on a highway intersection in Manitoba, Canada. The collision occurred around 11:40 a.m. local time, leaving at least 15 people dead and 10 more injured. The bus was heading south and there would have been a stop and yield sign. It was crossing the eastbound lanes when it was struck by the truck that was going east. The dead were mainly seniors, and the injured were taken to hospitals.

The accident occurred near the town of Carberry in southwestern Manitoba. The crash scene was in Carberry, a city 170 kilometers west of Manitoba’s capital of Winnipeg. The bus was carrying seniors from Dauphin and the surrounding areas. A family support center has been set up at a Lutheran Church in Dauphin for relatives. Flags have been lowered to half-staff at the Manitoba legislature.

RCMP Supt. Rob Lasson said, “as of right now, the drivers of both the bus and truck are alive and in the hospital.” He did not say if they were among the 10 listed as injured. The public is reeling and asking a lot of questions, and people are trying to determine if their loved ones were involved. Death on this scale is never normalized for us, he added.

The truck company, Day & Ross, said in a statement that it was heartbroken about the crash but had limited details about what happened. “We will fully cooperate with the investigation and offer any assistance and support that we can,” said William Doherty, CEO of Day & Ross.

The accident is reminiscent of the 2018 bus crash in the neighboring province of Saskatchewan that killed 16 people from the Humboldt Broncos minor. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted, “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.”

The senior community is extremely tight-knit in the city of around 8,600 people, and the center is sometimes like a second home, said Kim Armstrong, the administrator of the Dauphin senior center. Seniors and community members often go on trips on buses to nearby events or casinos. The incident has shaken the community to its core, and they are praying for the survivors.

In conclusion, the collision of the bus full of seniors heading to a casino with a truck is a tragic incident that has left many people dead and injured. The incident is under investigation, and the truck company has promised full cooperation. The community is deeply saddened by the loss of their loved ones and is praying for the survivors.


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