Bus crashes near Merritt; passengers taken to hospital

Road conditions Hwy 5 north of Merritt, Dec. 17.
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More than three dozen passengers were taken to hospital following a commercial-bus crash near Merritt.

The Logan Lake RCMP responded to a single-vehicle collision early Monday morning on Highway 5 involving a commercial coach bus. An estimated 40 passengers and the bus driver were taken to Kamloops Royal Inland Hospital as a precautionary measure.

The bus had gone off the road and rolled on its side. Investigators determined that the driver may have had trouble moving around a stalled vehicle that was blocking the northbound slow lane.

The RCMP and the BC Commercial Vehicle Safety Inspectors are continuing the investigation.

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