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RCMP Peace Regional – Fatality Motor Vehicle Collision – Update #1

Grimshaw, Alberta – The police investigation continues into an early morning school bus and semi-truck collision north of Grimshaw which claimed the life of the driver of the school bus.  As reported, the injured school age passengers of the school bus and the 36 year old truck driver are receiving medical care.

The ages of the injured school age passengers of the school bus range from 8 years to 18 years.  Their non-life threatening injuries consist of minor scrapes, bruises and cuts to broken bones and head injury.  All but one are being treated at regional hospitals near Peace River, with the one passenger having been airlifted to an Edmonton hospital for treatment.  There is no update available on the medical status of the passenger of the school bus flown to Edmonton but indications remain that the injury is non-life threatening.

There is no update to the condition of the 36 year old driver of the semi-truck who was transported to an Edmonton hospital in serious condition with injuries believed to be non-life threatening.

The RCMP have engaged Victim Services for all involved in this tragic incident.  Our condolences are extended to the deceased’s family and friends, and our thoughts and prayers are with the injured and their families.

An update on this investigation will be issued as new information becomes available.

Grimshaw, Alberta – On February 2nd, 2015, at approximately 8:20 a.m., RCMP and emergency services responded to a two vehicle collision on Highway 35 north of Grimshaw.  The collision involved a school bus and a semi-truck and has resulted in one fatality, the school bus driver, and injuries to the occupants of both vehicles.  The 60 year old male driver of the school bus died while enroute to hospital.  His name is not being released at this time.

At the time of the collision, there were 14 school age passengers on board the school bus enroute to Peace River area schools.  The passengers are of both elementary school and high school age.  Injuries include:

– Six school bus passengers incurred minor injuries and are being treated at hospital.

– Seven school bus passengers incurred more serious injuries including broken limbs and other non-life threatening injuries and they are also being treated at hospital.

– One school bus passenger has been flown to an Edmonton area hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

– The 36 year old male driver of the semi-truck has also been flown to an Edmonton area hospital with serious undetermined injuries which are believed to be non-life threatening.

The collision occurred on Highway 35 and Township 835 which has two lanes north and one lane south.  Preliminary investigation indicates that the semi-truck driver was driving north in the far right lane of the two northbound lanes (slow lane) and the school bus was southbound when it allegedly crossed the centre line.  The collision occurred approximately 10 km north of Grimshaw.

Numerous RCMP resources are investigating the collision including an RCMP Traffic Reconstructionist, a team of Traffic Investigators and RCMP Peace Regional Detachment members.  Police continue to investigate the factors which contributed to the collision.  An update will be provided when new information becomes available.

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