THE CANADIAN PRESS
PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. – Police haven't confirmed it, but a passenger says a gruesome attack on a Greyhound bus near Portage la Prairie, Man., has left a young man stabbed to death and decapitated and dozens of passengers in shock.
The RCMP and Greyhound officials will only say that a "major incident" occurred on the bus Wednesday night, but have not provided any details.
But a passenger who said he saw the attack said a man repeatedly stabbed a seatmate, and eventually severed his head.
"We heard this blood-curdling scream and turned around and the guy was standing up, stabbing this guy repeatedly, like 40 or 50 times," Garnet Caton said Thursday morning from a hotel in Brandon, where he and other passengers had been taken to rest.
Caton said everyone on the bus scrambled to get out, and he and the bus driver shut the door from the outside while they awaited police.
Eventually, the attacker came to the front of the bus and showed them he had cut off the victim's head, Caton said.
The bus had been carrying 37 passengers and the driver to Winnipeg from Edmonton.
At one point, Mounties surrounded the bus with one officer standing just a few feet away from an unidentified man sitting in the driver's seat.
A man was taken into custody after the standoff with police.
A portion of the Trans-Canada Highway, about 15 kilometres west of Portage la Prairie, remained closed Thursday morning.
Yellow tape surrounded the empty bus and RCMP officers were still on the scene. Traffic was being rerouted onto a side road.