Highway 748 motor vehicle incident in Yellowhead County
On Monday, December 12, 2016, at approximately 4:00 PM Yellowhead County Fire Department emergency responders attended to a motor vehicle crash involving a local school bus and a pick-up truck.
A motor vehicle incident between a school bus and a pick-up truck occurred on Highway 748 exactly 800 meters east of the Tom Hill Tower Road and Highway 748 intersection on December 12, 2016.
A 911 call was never placed to or received by the Yellowhead Regional Emergency Call Centre.
RCMP received a call on their non-emergency line about the incident from someone on the scene approximately 30 minutes following the incident delaying the time until RCMP were able to call in additional emergency responders needed to assist with the incident.
Yellowhead County Fire Department (YCFD) services responded to this incident after a call was received from the Edson RCMP. YCFD units where en route 90 seconds after receiving the call from the RCMP as members of the YCFD day-crew was in Station 12 at that time.
YCFD was involved in on-scene assessment, assisting passengers, and assisting in the road closure and traffic control. Highway 748 was temporarily closed until one lane was opened allowing alternating traffic to continue along the highway past the incident.
YCFD personnel remained on scene until the incident was cleared and deemed safe for everyone on-scene and local traffic.
Yellowhead County Council is requesting a formal inquiry into the incident in regards to how emergency services were contacted, deployed, as well as the response they received by those already on scene. Yellowhead County Council is concerned that the 911 call centre was circumvented and that this was the cause for a delayed response by the appropriate emergency services.