Monday, February 26, 2024

Trucker had right of way in Manitoba crash: RCMP

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have issued a release indicating the Truck driver in the catastrophic June 15 collision in Manitoba had the right of way.

“We have obtained video footage of the collision from the semi-trailer which indicates that the bus entered the roadway where the truck had the right of way. Extensive analysis is being done on the video before any further determinations are made. We have seized the bus and the semi-truck. Both have been secured and further analysis will take place,” the RCMP stated in a media release.

“We are determining whether the semi had an event data recorder that will help us ascertain a number of critical pieces of information, such as speed, exact coordinates, and mechanical status.”

On June 15, 2023, at approximately 11:40 am, Brandon RCMP responded to a motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Highway 1 and Highway 5.

A semi-trailer was heading eastbound on Highway 1 (the TransCanada Highway) and a bus carrying a number of senior citizens from Dauphin was headed southbound on Highway 5. The bus had already crossed the westbound lanes of the TransCanada and was crossing the eastbound lanes when it was struck by the semi.

Immediately, it became apparent that this was a mass casualty situation and the RCMP deployed all available resources to the area which included, RCMP officers from across western Manitoba, Forensic Identification Services and a Forensic Collision Reconstructionist.

RCMP confirmed on June 15th that there were 15 fatalities, and 10 people taken to hospital with injuries.

“Families can call the support centre at 204-647-5058. RCMP continue to investigate and will provide updates when possible,” the release states.