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Minivan strikes school bus with 14 teenagers inside

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November 18, 2014 - 10:20 AM

FALKLAND - A school bus driving 14 teenagers home was struck by a minivan Monday afternoon, sending a student to hospital.

RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk says the bus was just pulling onto Highway 97 near Falkland after dropping off a student when a minivan plowed into the rear of the bus.

The minivan went into the ditch with heavy front end damage, and the driver was pinned inside the vehicle for some time. The 58-year-old Falkland man was taken to hospital for treatment.

A student, who was standing when the bus got rear-ended, was taken to hospital with back and neck pain.

By the time police arrived on scene around 4:20 p.m. most of the students had already been picked up by their parents, or transferred to other busses. Police estimated the bus was traveling 15-20 km/h when the accident occurred.

Police continue to investigate what caused the driver of the minivan to hit the bus.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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