Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 9:45 a.m.
Charges laid in school bus collision accident
Four children were taken to hospital for treatment of minor injuries resulting from a collision Wednesday morning between their school bus, a tractor-trailer unit, and two other vehicles near Vankleek Hill. The driver of the tractor-trailer unit now faces charges under the Highway Traffic Act.
Police closed down Highway 34 between Hawkesbury and Vankleek Hill until after the noon hour as part of an investigation of the cause of the Wednesday morning accident south of the Pleasant Corner Road intersection with the highway.
Ambulance, fire, and police units responded to a 9 a.m. call that day about a four-vehicle collision at the site, which involved both a tractor-trailer transport and a school bus which had children on board at the time. The tractor-trailer collided with the rear of the bus.
Four of the children were taken to Hawkesbury and District General Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Other children also on board the bus who did not appear injured were also taken to the hospital for examination as a precautionary measure.
The school bus driver was taken by helicopter to an Ottawa hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The police incident brief stated that no one in the other vehicles suffered injury.
Members of the Prescott-Russell Victims Services agency attended at the Hawkesbury hospital to provide assistance and support to the children and their parents and help them to deal with the situation.
As a result of the OPP traffic unit’s investigation into the collision, the driver of the tractor-trailer unit, a 51-year-old Toronto man, is now charged with careless driving under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act.