Memorial planned at accident marker
A memorial service at the site of Saskatchewan’s worst bus accident is being planned for May 27.
A remembrance service is planned for 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at a monument which is in place near the site of the tragedy.
A horrific accident occurred on May 28, 1980 when 22 men were killed in a fiery three vehicle collision on the Transcanada Highway in the Webb area. The men were members of the CPR Prairie Region’s Steel Gang, with a crew of 30 on the bus at the time of the incident.
Their westbound bus carrying the work crew was sideswiped by an Ontario car, causing the bus to overturn. The bus was then hit from behind by a tanker truck carrying 7,500 gallons of liquid asphalt, and the tanker burst into flames on impact.
The accident claimed the lives of one worker from Ontario, nine from Manitoba, and 12 from Newfoundland. The men ranged in age from 19 to 38, and there were eight survivors.
The monument to the victims was unveiled during a ceremony on May 28, 2007 during the 27th anniversary of the accident.
This year will mark the 38th anniversary of the tragedy.
A solemn ceremony was held on May 28, 2007 where a memorial was unveiled to the 22 victims of Saskatchewan’s worst bus accident which occurred near Webb in 1980.