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School bus crashes with semi in northern Alberta

BEAVERLODGE, Alta. — Several students are recovering from injuries after their school bus collided with a semi truck in northern Alberta.

Eleven students were going home from schools in Grande Prairie and Beaverlodge when the crash happened Tuesday at a rural intersection.

Most went to area hospitals with injuries ranging from cuts to broken bones.

School officials say two children were airlifted to an Edmonton hospital but are in stable condition.

The bus driver and truck driver were not seriously hurt.

The RCMP continue to investigate the cause of the crash.

“I think it was a pretty scary event for the children on the bus,” said Cpl. Roy Kennedy, who had two nieces and a nephew on board.

“This one kind of hit close to home ... They did get pretty banged up and had to receive some stitches.”

Sheldon Rowe, superintendent of the Peace Wapiti Public School Division, said the students on the bus ranged in ages and went to four different schools in the area.

Some have since been released from hospital.

Rowe said the bus driver is a caring and capable woman, with years of experience behind the wheel, and she is quite upset about the crash.

“We certainly appreciate the number of parents who inquired as to how she was doing. They know her as a friend and someone who looks after their children.”

Kennedy said it appears the semi was travelling north on Highway 723 and had the right of way. The bus was going east on Township Road 722 and would have had a stop sign.

 
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