Update #3 - Manitoba RCMP respond to mass casualty collision

June 21, 2023
RM of North Cypress-Langford, Manitoba

News release


On June 20, 2023, a female who had been in hospital since the collision on June 15, 2023, succumbed to her injuries. In total, 16 people have died as a result of this collision.

The scene on Highway 1 at Highway 5 was cleared at 2:25 am and the highway was re-opened.

With the assistance of Shared Health Manitoba, the 10 people injured in this collision have been identified.

Anyone else who was on this bus is presumed to be deceased and the deceased have not been individually identified at this time.

The age range of those in the bus was 58-88 years old. In total, there were 19 females and 6 males on the bus. Of the survivors, 6 are female and 4 are male.

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.

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.

Investigators have taken witness statements from passing motorists. Those statements corroborate what is seen on the video.

We have spoken with the driver of the semi-truck but we have not spoken with the driver of the bus as he is still being treated in hospital.

The investigation is ongoing and we will continue to provide updates when possible.

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.

The Manitoba RCMP has deployed all available resources to respond to a mass casualty collision on Highway 1 near Highway 5.

RCMP units from across western Manitoba are on scene to assist along with other first responders.

RCMP Major Crime Services are en route and will be taking carriage of the investigation.

The RCMP will be holding a press conference at 4:30 pm, at D Division Headquarters to provide additional details. Representatives from the RCMP, Shared Health and the Province will be in attendance.


Contact information

Tara Seel, Media Relations Officer
RCMP Media Relations
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Cpl. Julie Courchaine, Media Relations Officer
RCMP Media Relations

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File number: 2023-843676

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