Two trucking companies and Greyhound Canada have been found responsible in a civil suit, over a three vehicle crash in northernwestern Alberta more than three years ago. It occurred in heavy fog on the morning of Aug. 10th, 2005, when a semi-trailer carrying a load of cement powder on Highway 43 near Smoky River hit a second tractor-trailer carrying groceries. A Greyhound bus then smashed into the two trucks, ripping the bus apart and causing serious injuries to two Filipino citizens, on their way to Grande Prairie.
Virginia Rances and her husband Francisco, who has had both his legs amputated, suffered serious injuries and remains in Grande Prairie, unable to return home.
They launched a lawsuit against Greyhound, Trimac Transportation and TCM Transport. Earlier this week, Justice K.C. Nielsen found the three companies liable, with Greyhound being responsible for 40 percent and, the two trucking companies equally splitting the remaining 60 percent. In his written decision, the judge found all three drivers at fault, saying they "breached the standards of professional drivers and the regulations." Mediation is scheduled in February, among the four parties, to determine a financial settlement.