January 16, 2014 - 10:40 AM
VERNON - A school bus that slid and flipped onto its side on Reimer Road at about 8:30 a.m. was spotted by firefighters working in the area.
Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk said the fire crew rushed over to help the the occupants of the school bus. The 24 students and one driver were headed to Vernon Christian School when the accident happened. There were no serious injuries. Two students complained about neck and back pain and were taken by ambulance to a hospital. Twenty-two students were taken by bus to the hospital as a precautionary measure.
Molendyk said the driver was coming down a hill on Reimer Road near Pleasant Valley Road and started to slide. The driver decided to enter a side ditch to slow the bus instead of going through the intersection which may have resulted in going up and over into an even deeper ditch. The bus then fell onto its side and stopped.
Spokesperson for Vernon Christian School Corinne Remple confirmed in a press release the students and driver are fine. Students and staff at the school gathered to pray while a team of staff, administration, counsellors and parents travelled to help at the accident scene and also went with students to hospital.
"All efforts have been made to contact all the parents of our students and to share accurate information as given to us by the Vernon RCMP and administration on site," Remple said, adding students were release from hospital into the care of parents and care givers.
Molendyk said the road is down to a single lane of traffic and officers are continuing to investigate.
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- This story was updated at 11:23 a.m. to include details from Vernon RCMP.
- This story was updated at 11:27 to include details from Vernon Christian School.
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