Sadly, this is a day in Manitoba and across Canada that will be remembered as one of tragedy and incredible sadness.Above all, I want to express my deepest condolences on behalf of the RCMP to every family member who is grieving today. I also want to acknowledge that there are many people in Dauphin and the surrounding areas who are anxiously awaiting news about a loved one.
To all those waiting: I can't imagine just how difficult it is not knowing if the person you loved the most will be making it home tonight.I am so sorry that we cannot get you the definitive answers you need more quickly. Please know that we have sent every available resource to the scene and working very closely with the Medical Examiner's Office.We will continue to work non-stop so that you have information about your loved ones.
A family support centre has been set-up in Dauphin in the Basement of the Lutheran Church at 2 Kirby Avenue East Dauphin. We have officers there who will do their best to answer questions from families who are concerned. Families can also call the support centre at 204-647-5058. Again, that's 204-647-5058. Please only call if you are a family member who is concerned.
This is still very early-on in the investigation but we will provide as much information as possible about what occurred. This will include some numbers. Please note that throughout the day, these numbers have changed and they may continue to change as day progresses into night.
What I can confirm right now is that a bus carrying approximately 25 people collided with a semi at the intersection of Highway 1 and Highway 5. The individuals in the bus were from Dauphin and surrounding areas and it's my understanding that the majority were elderly. Within the last hour, we have been able to establish that fifteen people have been confirmed deceased as a result of this collision. Ten people were transported to hospital with various injuries.
Given the severity of this collision, Major Crime Services has taken carriage of the investigation and are now on-scene. Superintendent Rob Lasson, Officer in Charge of Major Crime Services for the Manitoba RCMP will be speaking and providing additional details.
A tragedy of this magnitude requires strong partnerships.I want to thank the countless first responders and supporting agencies that quickly attended the collision to do all they could to help those in need. Again, our deepest condolences to all who have been affected and our thoughts are with the community of Dauphin and all of Manitoba.