The entire town of Carberry, Man. is mourning the loss of a father and his young sons after a fatal crash on Saturday.
Three brothers and their mom and dad were in a minivan making a left turn from the Trans Canada Highway on to Highway 16 when a semi collided in to them.
“Three people have lost their lives as a result of the collision,” Cst. Sean O’Keefe from Manitoba RCMP said.
A 35-year-old male passenger and a 13-year-old boy were pronounced dead at the scene, while a 10-year-old boy died after being transported to hospital RCMP said.
The mom and the youngest boy in the car remain in a Winnipeg hospital in critical but stable condition according to officers.
While the entire community tries to come to terms with such a devastating loss, the school is gearing up to welcome students back to classes in two weeks and support them through the tragedy.
Dayna Galatiuk is the Prinipal at R.J. Waugh Elementary and she said she taught the boys and knew them well.
“As a school system we will definitely provide assistance to our students and we will definitely get through this as a family, as a school family,” Galatiuk said.
Grief counsellors will be on hand for staff and students who want to talk through the tragedy once they return to school.
As for what exactly happened to cause the fatal crash, officers said they’re still investigating.
However, officers said alcohol was not a factor and that everyone was wearing a seat belt.
The driver of the semi suffered minor injuries.