15 Ontario high school students had to be rushed to the hospital this morning after their school bus collided with a pickup truck.
The accident happened just before 8:00 am in Innisfil, a small town outside of Barrie. The students were on their way to Holy Trinity Catholic High School. Of the 15 injuries reported by police, three of them were deemed serious.
One student airlifted to #Toronto hospital via @Ornge with serious but non-life threatening injuries following collision at 7:45 am Wednesday in #Innisfil involving school bus & pickup truck. pic.twitter.com/QnJ3bNB3Gn— South Simcoe Police (@SouthSimcoePS) 12 September 2018
One of the students was airlifted to a Toronto hospital in serious condition, while the other two students who also suffered serious injuries were taken to a local hospital. Another 12 students were also taken to hospital with minor injuries and to be checked out as a precaution.
Fortunately, Simcoe Police, who are investigating the crash, believe that none of the injuries are life-threatening.
Sgt. Dave Phillips, head of @SouthSimcoePS traffic unit confirms 15 students were in the bus, 3 have serious injuries 1 of the 3 airlifted by @Ornge to a Toronto trauma centre. None of the injuries are considered life threatening #Innisfil pic.twitter.com/OrNqc8VRUs— Krista Sharpe (@KristajSharpe) 12 September 2018
Witnesses who saw the crash say the bus ended up being flipped onto its side. People had to help the students escape through one of the emergency hatches on the vehicle.
It isn't clear yet what exactly caused the crash, but it did take place at an intersection. Police have said that it was very foggy at the time, but they can't confirm if that led to the collision.
COLLISION UPDATE #3: * new info* Collision happened at 7:45 am. 15 students on board taken to hospital as precaution. 3 students w/ serious but non-life threatening injuries. 1of the 3 transported to #TO hospital via @Ornge. Bus and pickup drivers taken to hospital as precaution pic.twitter.com/tR5gquUPp2— South Simcoe Police (@SouthSimcoePS) 12 September 2018
With a new school year underway, police across Ontario were recently warning drivers to take extra caution on the roads, especially in school zones where there are school buses and children walking to and from school.