Bluevale bus crash sends students, driver to hospital
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
A crash involving a school bus destined for Wingham’s Maitland River Elementary School closed a portion of Clyde Line on Tuesday morning and sent several to hospital.
According to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the incident occurred at approximately 8:40 a.m. on Clyde Line near Cardiff Road, just south of Bluevale. The crash is being blamed on bad weather. The bus left the roadway and entered a ditch before it crashed into a private driveway.
The Avon Maitland District School Board said there were seven students on the bus at the time of the incident. One student was air-lifted to hospital in London with non-life-threatening injuries, while another two were transported to local hospital with minor injuries.
“There was an airlift for one of the kids due to a possible fracture and an impact to the head. The other two were more minor - I think some back pain and stomach pain for the other two kids,” Huron County OPP Const. Craig Soldan told CTV News.
The driver of the bus was also taken to hospital as a precaution due to a pre-existing condition.
“A bus that was transporting seven students to Maitland River Elementary School was involved in an incident this morning,” the board confirmed Tuesday morning to media outlets. “Some of the students are receiving medical attention. [Avon Maitland District School Board] staff are supporting impacted families and students and the investigation as needed.”
Despite the Bluevale area reportedly receiving more than 20 centimetres of snow overnight, no school buses for the Avon Maitland District School Board were cancelled on Tuesday morning, though some in Bruce County were called off for the day.
“We are grateful for the first responders who were on the scene and are extending our full co-operation to the investigative authorities. Safety is always our highest priority, and we sincerely wish all those impacted a full recovery,” said a Montgomery Bus Lines Company spokesperson to CTV News when asked why the buses were not cancelled due to weather.
Soldan, who had sent out a weather warning to Huron County motorists on Monday night, ahead of the expected inclement weather on Tuesday, said the crash could have been worse.
“We knew the weather system was coming through the area. We tried to warn residents, but, you never know when or where conditions are going to be worse or visibility will be the most impacted. Sometimes side roads are better, and sometimes they are worse,” Soldan told CTV News. “Thankfully there weren’t any trees or hydro poles that the bus impacted. There was damage to the front of the bus. Of course, that will have to be repaired, but that’s not important. It’s about the kids’ safety, and driver’s safety. Thankfully, they’re all going to be just fine after they heal up from this.”