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Driver of empty school bus crashes into dump truck

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January 15, 2018 - 2:40 PM

LAKE COUNTRY – The driver of an empty school bus collided into the side of a dump truck in Lake Country this morning.

Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey says in a media release the driver had just delivered the last of his kids to a school near Oceola Road when he stopped at the Okanagan Centre Road East intersection shortly after 8 a.m. today, Jan. 15.

“Police learned from independent witnesses at the scene that the school bus had entered into the intersection… when it struck the driver’s side of a dump truck which had been travelling west,” O’Donaghey says in the release. “The force of the impact caused extensive damage to the front end of the yellow International school bus and sent the white International dump truck off the roadway into the ditch along Oceola Road.”

The driver of the school bus, a Lake Country man in his 60s, was transported to hospital for treatment of non life-threatening injuries.

"There were no students on board the school bus at the time of this collision,” O’Donaghey says. “There would have been a strong likelihood of significant injuries sustained, given the extent of damage to both commercial vehicles, had there been students on board the bus.”

RCMP continue to investigate and charges have not yet been laid.

Witnesses to the crash, who have not yet spoken to police, are asked to contact Reserve Const. Dave Caley at the Lake Country RCMP detachment at 250-766-2288.

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