Fort Vermilion, Alberta – The RCMP responded this morning at 8:41 a.m. to a collision involving a school bus carrying 21 children. All children were assessed on scene by EMS, and then bussed to a local hospital for further observation. No serious injuries were reported to the RCMP and the children have been released from the hospital.
The school bus was en route to the Hill Crest Community School and travelling on Spruce Road. When it turned north onto Highway 697 the bus went off the road and came to rest in a treed area. Hill Crest Community School is a Kindergarten to Grade 9 school.
Preliminary investigation leads RCMP to believe that the 54-year-old school bus driver may have suffered a medical episode prior to the collision. He was taken via ground ambulance to a local hospital and where he is in stable condition.
Parents have been made aware by the Fort Vermilion School Division No. 52.
The investigation into the cause of this collision remains ongoing. The RCMP do not have further information at this time.