Memorial site deserves better recognition

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I would like to acknowledge the CPR bus accident that happened 31 years ago May 28th. It is Canada's worst bus accident.

The accident was just west of Webb and killed 22 young men when an oil tanker truck collided with the bus. Some of the men who passed away were from Swift Current which seems to be over shadowed by other losses in this area.

While any loss of life is terrible, these men should not be forgotten.

There is a memorial plaque where the accident occurred, donated by CPR, Norman Beach and businesses from the Gull Lake and Webb areas to name a few.

One of the main reasons that I am writing this letter is the fact that after several calls and letters to the government, there is still no tourism signage. All there is to let travellers know about the plaque are signs off the highway on a farmers land to indicate the spot where the plaque is.

Tourism Saskatchewan, I am told, is who is in charge of getting the signs out. Someone has even been out to make sure the location is safe and the right distance away from the highway.

The other reason is that this is part of our Canadian history and it should be remembered not only by those families who lost a loved one or by those who were there on the scene to help, but by all who blindly drive past the memorial because Tourism Saskatchewan does not see the importance of remembering these beloved fathers, sons, brothers and uncles or the few survivors who lived through this horrific accident.

Brandine Allen - Swift Current

Geographic location: Webb, Swift Current, Gull Lake Saskatchewan

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  • Dale Wilson
    May 22, 2012 - 18:46

    I was working in the hospital that day, I remember the look on the face of the doc and the emergency responders who were at the scene. It was a horrible day and should be remembered.