RCMP say a 17th victim died Sunday from injuries sustained in a bus crash west of Winnipeg — a 79-year-old woman who had been in hospital since the collision just over a month ago.
Seniors from Dauphin, Man., were on a minibus taking a day trip to the Sand Hills Casino, 190 kilometres south, when the fiery crash occurred on June 15.
They were just minutes from the casino when, according to dashcam footage viewed by police, the bus drove into the path of a transport truck heading east on the Trans-Canada Highway.
Fifteen people on the bus died that day and another died in hospital the following week.
The 25 people on the bus, including the driver, were from Dauphin and the surrounding area.
They were remembered as beloved grandparents, mothers, fathers and siblings. Many were active in their tight-knit community more than 300 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg.
Those who died ranged in age from 68 to 88, with 11 of them in their 80s. All but two were women.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on July 16, 2023.