School bus crash leaves 3 badly hurt

High­way col­li­sion near Smoky Lake in­volved crane

Edmonton Journal - - CITY + REGION - JEFF LABINE

One stu­dent has been flown to Ed­mon­ton by STARS air am­bu­lance in crit­i­cal, life-threat­en­ing con­di­tion af­ter an early-morn­ing two-ve­hi­cle crash in­volv­ing a school bus and a crane along High­way 28 near Smoky Lake Mon­day.

RCMP con­firmed the crash hap­pened around 8:30 a.m. along the high­way at Range Road 180.

Po­lice said the bus was north­bound on Range Road 180 and the crane was west­bound on High­way 28 when the col­li­sion oc­curred.

Aspen View Public Schools con­firmed the school bus was trans­port­ing 14 stu­dents to H.A. Kostash, a K-12 school.

A boy was air­lifted to Ed­mon­ton by STARS in crit­i­cal, life- threat­en­ing con­di­tion to the Stollery Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal, Al­berta Health Ser­vices said Mon­day.

A sec­ond teenage girl was also taken to the Stollery Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal, STARS said.

The re­main­ing 12 stu­dents and the bus driver were bused to the health cen­tre in Smoky Lake.

How­ever, one of those stu­dents, a boy, re­quired STARS to fly back into the com­mu­nity to trans­port him to the Stollery.

All three pa­tients are in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, STARS con­firmed.

It is not yet known the ex­tent of other in­juries, though po­lice in a Mon­day news re­lease men­tioned they were be­ing as­sessed for “var­i­ous in­juries.”

All fam­i­lies have been no­ti­fied. The driver of the crane was taken to hos­pi­tal with mi­nor in­juries, po­lice said, and a pas­sen­ger was not in­jured.

Traf­fic in the area was be­ing rerouted and mo­torists were asked to avoid the area or ex­pect de­lays.

STARS also con­firmed an air am­bu­lance had been dis­patched from their Ed­mon­ton base.

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