Three students left with serious injuries after school bus crash in Ontario


INNISFIL, Ont. — A school bus crash in central Ontario left three high school students with serious injuries on Wednesday as police tried to piece together the cause of the incident.

South Simcoe Police Service spokeswoman Sue Sgambati said all 14 of the students on board the bus bound for a high school near Innisfil, Ont., were taken to hospital as a precautionary measure, with three being treated for serious injuries.

One of those three, Sgambati said, was airlifted to a Toronto trauma centre for treatment. None of the students’ injuries are believed to be life-threatening, she added.

Ontario’s air ambulance service Ornge confirmed that it had taken one student from the scene about 100 kilometres north of Toronto and described the student’s condition as critical.

Sgambati said the collision between the bus and a pickup truck, which took place around 7:45 a.m., occurred in foggy weather.

“Fog is being investigated as a possible cause, but we’re appealing for witnesses,” she said, adding the investigation is still in its very early stages.

Sgambati said the Simcoe County District School Board, which is responsible for the school where the students were headed, had been notified of the crash.

The board did not immediately respond to request for comment.

The town of Innisfil issued a tweet of support to those impacted by the collision.

“On behalf of #Innisfil Mayor, council and staff, our thoughts are with (Nantyr Shores Secondary School’s) students, their worried parents, and everyone affected by this morning’s collision,” the statement said. “Wishing students in hospital speedy recovery.”



The Canadian Press