Red Deer man charged for school bus collision, armed robbery in Springbrook

A Red Deer man is facing charges after a school bus collision and armed robbery in Springbrook earlier this year.

On Jan. 22, Blackfalds RCMP responded to a reported head-on collision between a pickup truck and school bus with several children on board.

After the collision, the male driver of the truck got out of the vehicle and brandished a handgun at a passerby who stopped to offer assistance. He then drove off in the passerby’s vehicle.

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Neither the passerby or any school bus occupants were physically injured in the incident.

Jason Ionson is facing a number of charges, including robbery with a weapon, assault with a weapon and dangerous driving.

He has been in custody since Feb. 26 on unrelated matters, and was charged on April 23.

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