A North Okanagan-Shuswap School District bus was involved in a multi-vehicle accident on Highway 97A in Spallumcheen, at Mcleery Road, Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. Reports indicate nobody on the bus was hurt, but several others were injured, including one person who was taken to hospital by air ambulance. (Black Press file photo)

North Okanagan-Shuswap school bus involved in highway collision

Multi-vehicle collision injures several, though nobody on bus was hurt;

At least one person was taken to hospital by air ambulance following a four-vehicle highway crash involving a school bus.

The accident happened at about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday on Highway 97A in Spallumcheen, at Mcleery Road, between Armstrong and Enderby.

The school bus was northbound and waiting to make a left-turn when it was struck from behind by a vehicle.

“The school bus had stopped to let the last passenger off for the day when the collision occurred,” said Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP Const. Kelly Brett.

“The bus driver was attentive and could see that a collision was about to occur just as the child was about to unload, however held the child back just prior to the collision occurring.”

Police say three vehicles were involved, along with the bus, in the chain reaction accident.

Several people were injured, but, according to School District 83 North Okanagan-Shuswap’s Facebook page, nobody on the bus was hurt. There was one student and two staff members on board at the time of the accident.

“Two other vehicle occupants sustained minor injuries and were transported by ground ambulance to a medical facility, while one vehicle occupant was airlifted to the nearest facility,” said Brett.

The condition of the person taken by air ambulance is not known at this time.

The highway was closed as the accident was investigated and debris cleared from the scene. It has since reopened in both directions.



roger@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

ARTS AROUND: Join watercolour workshops in Port Alberni

Victoria artist Joanne Thomas will provide beginner and advanced classes

‘Beauty amongst such tragedy:’ B.C. photographer captures nature’s trifecta

David Luggi’s photo from a beach in Fraser Lake shows Shovel Lake wildfire, Big Dipper and an aurora

Bullhead derby returns to Port Alberni with new date, location

Lions Club partners with Maritime Discovery Centre

Vancouver Island woman to attempt historic swim across Juan de Fuca Strait today

Ultra-marathon swimmer Susan Simmons to attempt to swim from Victoria to Port Angeles and back

Port Alberni RCMP honour fallen officers from New Brunswick

Moment of silence, prayers held for Fredericton officers killed last week

‘We will not forget:’ Thousands attend funeral fallen Fredericton officers

Hundreds of officials marched in the parade, which included massed band, several police motorcycles

RCMP looking for missing Duncan teen

Dallas Macleod, 18, was last seen on Aug. 10

Evacuation order issued in Island village due to “risk of falling debris”

Fire continues to threaten town’s only access road

B.C. man designer behind Canucks’ retro jersey

Jeremie White was 20 years old when he told Canucks assistant GM Brian Burke he had a design

Lions give up late TD in 24-23 loss to Argos

B.C. falls to 3-5, fumbling away last-minute chance in Toronto

Eagle tree cut down legally a 1st for B.C. city

Planned eagle preserve ‘a first for City of Surrey’

Smoky skies like a disappearing act for sights, monuments around B.C.

Haze expected to last the next several days, Environment Canada said

Canadians react to death of former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan at age 80

Nobel Peace Prize-winning former UN leader died early Saturday following a short illness

Most Read