A woman who stopped to help at a school bus collision near Springbrook was carjacked at gunpoint Tuesday morning.
Two children suffered minor injuries when their school bus was hit by a pickup truck. The gun-wielding driver then stole the vehicle of a woman who had stopped to offer assistance.
Blackfalds RCMP said the collision with the Chinook’s Edge School Division bus happened near Township Road 372 and Range Road 281, just west of Springbrook, at about 8:10 a.m.
Seven children heading to school in Penhold were on board. Two were treated at the scene by emergency medical responders.
“One had a cut lip and the other had a bleeding nose,” said Chinook’s Edge superintendent Kurt Sacher.
The bus driver was shaken up, but otherwise uninjured in the head-on crash that happened in the school bus’s lane.
Three students were picked up by their parents and the rest continued on to school in the bus. The students came from all three of Chinook’s Edge’s schools in Penhold, which enrol pupils from kindergarten through high school.
“We’re just really, really glad the kids are safe and the driver is safe.”
Sacher said he has not heard anything to suggst the driver or children saw the carjacking happen.
RCMP are looking for the carjacking victim’s silver 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander with licence plate BNR6558.
“The public is not to approach this vehicle, or the male driving the vehicle,” warned police. “He is considered to be armed and dangerous.”
The owner took to social media shortly after the incident in hopes of recovering her SUV.
The public are warned to call 911 immediately if they spot the vehicle and driver. If the vehicle is found abandoned, call Blackfalds RCMP at 403-885-3333.
The male suspect is described as Caucasian, about five foot 11, with dark wavy hair. He was wearing a black bandana pulled up to cover the lower half of his face. He was wearing a dark jacket with the hood up and dark cargo pants.
RCMP say the truck that was involved in the collision was earlier reported stolen and involved in previous incidents. The RCMP had been working to locate the truck, which was taken from a Fountain Tire shop in Drumheller last Tuesday.
The next day, the truck was used at a break and enter in Bashaw and another incident in Three Hills, where shots were fired, said police.
RCMP are asking if anyone saw the truck over the past week to phone police.