School Bus Crash B.C.
June 8, 2011 by staff
School Bus Crash B.C., A school bus full of teenage students were involved in a terrible accident yesterday evening with two other vehicles on a BC highway, killing the driver of a car and injuring nine students and a teacher.
The RCMP said one student suffered serious injuries in the accident, which occurred on Highway 97 near Summerland, and was taken to a hospital in nearby Kelowna.
Eight other students were injured, along with the teacher who was driving the bus. All were taken to hospital in Penticton, and some had already been treated and released late last week.
A group of 14 students and a professor at the Princess Margaret Secondary School in Penticton returning from a trip to the pool Kelowna, when an oncoming car crossed the center line and crashed into the bus of 24 passengers.
The male driver of that car died on the spot. His name was not released.
Another car was beaten after the initial collision and the driver of that vehicle suffered minor injuries.
RCMP believes the heavy rains contributed to the accident.
“I’ve never been involved in something so bad,” said Brandyn Olfert, 17, a passenger on the bus suffered only minor injuries, the Penticton Herald.
“I was stunned, but got up immediately. I heard some of the kids screaming … the girls were crying. It’s something I’ll remember forever. Definitely opened our eyes to never take anything for granted.”
Olfert said his teammates were told that the student was taken to Kelowna is well and only suffered a concussion.
He said students also told his teacher, who is pregnant, was also well.
The students were part of a class of multi-sport, ranging from Grade 9 to Grade 12.
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