REVELSTOKE, British Columbia — Six people died and 21 were injured when a tour bus carrying Taiwanese visitors on a Rocky Mountain excursion veered into the path of a heavy truck.
The head-on crash Monday evening happened inside a snowshed tunnel on the Trans-Canada Highway about 25 miles east of Revelstoke when the tour bus drifted into the opposite lane, said Sgt. Art Kleinsmith of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
The accident killed a Revelstoke man driving the tractor unit, the bus driver, who was from Alberta, and four women who were part of the tour group from Taiwan. Their names were not released.
The remaining 21 passengers aboard the bus suffered injuries ranging from cuts to severe internal injuries. Eight were in critical condition.
The two vehicles were entangled completely, with bodies and seats scattered on the road.
"You can imagine it was chaos," said Dan Hutchison, a member of the Revelstoke fire department. "The front of the bus was unrecognizable."
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