In a media release, Manitoba RCMP said “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 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 Highway 1 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.
At this time we can confirm there were 15 fatalities, and 10 people taken to hospital with various injuries.
Major Crime Services has taken carriage of the investigation and is currently on scene.
A family support centre has been set-up in Dauphin in the basement of the Lutheran Church at 2 Kirby Avenue East. We have officers there who can answer questions for families who are concerned.
Families can also call the support centre at 204-647-5058.
RCMP continue to investigate and will provide updates when possible.”