A school bus tipped over into the ditch along Highway 101 near Madeira Park the morning of May 24 with one student onboard, Sunshine Coast RCMP has confirmed.
Cst. Karen Whitby, media relations officer, stated the bus was the lone vehicle involved in the incident and asked the public to avoid unnecessary travel in the area as traffic will be disrupted.
In a news release, Whitby said the RCMP were dispatched at 8:37 a.m. "Initial report is that there was one child passenger who was picked up by their guardian. School bus driver was transported to hospital with minor injuries," said the release. "The highway will have traffic disruptions as specialized equipment will be needed to right the bus and remove it from the roadway. Further information will be provided as it becomes available."
School District #46 shared the following statement: "We are deeply saddened to report that an unfortunate accident involving a school bus in Pender Harbour occurred this morning. One bus driver and one student were on-board. Both are receiving medical attention. The families involved have been notified.
At this time, we are working closely with local authorities and emergency responders to ensure the safety and well-being of all those involved. Our immediate priority is to provide support to the students, families, and staff affected by this incident.
We ask for your understanding and patience as we work through this situation. We request to please refrain from calling or emailing at this time. We will provide updates and further information as it becomes available."