People trapped, injured in passenger bus rollover on Alberta highway

RCMP say a bus full of passengers has rolled on a highway near Redwater northeast of Edmonton.

REDWATER — RCMP say a bus full of passengers has rolled on a highway near Redwater northeast of Edmonton.

Sgt. Patrick Webb says there are injuries and some people are trapped in the bus.

Kerry Williamson of Alberta Health put the number of people hurt at 30 — most of them with minor injuries — but several are considered serious.

Williamson says at least a dozen ambulances are on the way.

A spokesman for STARS air ambulance says the injuries are “very serious” and two people are being flown to hospital.

“There are multiple patients on scene,” said spokesman Cam Heke.

“We are transporting one adult male to … hospital and we anticipate returning to the scene,” he said.

“We did leave two medical practitioners … and we will be taking an emergency physician back with us when we return to the scene.”

Police, fire and emergency rescues officials have all responded.

Police warn motorists that Highway 28 is closed and will remain so for several hours as the injured are treated and debris is cleared.

It’s requested that all vehicles stay out of the area.

Highway 28 was also involved in a serious accident in May 2005 when a bus carrying oilsands workers coming home from Fort McMurray, Alta., was hit by a semi-trailer near Gibbons, just down the road from Redwater.

Six people were killed and almost two dozen were injured.

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