‘Nobody was hurt, thankfully’
Luckily, there were no injuries reported after a vehicle collided with a school bus full of children on Highway 14 in Brooklyn April 24.
Everyone from both vehicles, including all of the children on the school bus, were assessed by paramedics and no injuries were reported. No one was transported to hospital for further evaluation.
The accident occurred around 8:25 a.m.
Jason Cochrane, deputy chief of the Brooklyn Fire Department, said the children were eventually transferred to a second bus and taken to their destination.
“A single-occupant was travelling Windsor-bound and the school bus with students on board was traveling towards the elementary school and middle school,” Cochrane said. “They had collided on Highway 14, right in the village of Brooklyn, just down from the Highway 215 intersection.”
Cochrane said neither vehicle left the road during the accident.
Cochrane said officials from the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board, RCMP, paramedics and Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure were on scene.
Cochrane said he couldn’t provide exact details on the ages and grades of the children on the bus.
“I know there was definitely middle school children there,” he said.
Cochrane said RCMP are dealing with the investigation of the crash.
One lane of traffic was blocked for 600 metres while people were being assessed by paramedics.
“There’s a lot of truck traffic on those roads, so we had to reduce it to one lane to ensure everyone’s safety,” he said.
The scene was wrapped up around 9:15 a.m.
“The kids were really well behaved, and once they got assessed and got put on the other bus, with school staff coming down from the school to help assist with the students,” he said.
“The unknowns and the excitement of the situation, the children don’t experience that, so it can be experiential for them, and then all the emergency vehicles arrive, nobody was hurt, thankfully, so that kept it to a wellbehaved and controlled group.”