China News Network on June 6 Comprehensive foreign media reports, Canadian police said that on the 16th local time, near the town of Carberry in southwestern Manitoba, central Canada, a semi-trailer truck collided with a bus carrying many elderly passengers, killing at least 15 people.
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Canadian police said they were responding to a "collision causing mass casualties" near the town of Kaporie, with first responders and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police also at the scene, AFP reported.
Manitoba Police Officer Rob Hill said a bus carrying about 25 people collided with a semi-trailer truck at the intersection, at least 15 people were confirmed dead and about 10 others were taken to hospital. Hill added that most of the passengers on the bus were elderly.
Reuters quoted local police as saying the drivers of the two cars survived. Police declined to say who might have been responsible for the accident.
Agence France-Presse quoted Canadian media as saying that several tarps were laid on the ground at the scene of the accident, seemingly to cover some victims. Witnesses also described seeing a car burned.
Nirmish Wadra, a staff member at a restaurant near the scene of the accident, said: "The magnitude [of the accident] seems really surreal because I have never seen a fire of this magnitude in any vehicle. Wadra also said a large amount of smoke could be seen near the scene and dozens of emergency workers were working.
Manitoba Premier Heather Stevanson expressed condolences over the accident and said the provincial council building had lowered its flag to half-mast to mourn the victims.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau posted on social media that he expressed his condolences over the "unbelievable" tragedy. "I extend my deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones today. I was heartbroken to hear of the tragic accident that took place near the town of Kapori. ”