Me­mo­rial planned at ac­ci­dent marker

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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.

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