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School Bus Accident Near Vernon Causes Minor Injuries


Posted on Feb 02, 2014

Icy roads in and around Vernon, B.C. are being blamed for a school bus accident that occurred on January 16, 2014.

The bus crash happened on Rimer Road, close to the shores of Swan Lake. When the driver felt the bus beginning to slide, he put one wheel onto the shoulder of the road, attempting to stop the slide and avoid an embankment and the busy intersection in front of him.

Thankfully, he was able to avoid the embankment, but not the crash. The bus ended up on its side in a ditch with 19 students from Vernon Christian School onboard. Some students complained of soreness and all 19 were taken to the hospital to be checked for injuries. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured.

Was the Road Sanded?

 

A bit of a debate has been raging in the community since the accident. Trevor Cairns is the owner of A-1 bus company—the bus company used by Vernon Christian School. He stood by his driver and the bus, which was inspected six weeks before the crash. Vernon RCMP seem to agree with this.

"It's very foggy, the road is slick in that particular location," stated RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. "The driver was doing everything he could with the safety of those students in mind."

Cairns asserted that the road might not have been sanded. Since the roadway lies outside the City of Vernon, it is maintained by a contractor—JPW Road and Bridge. However, a spokesperson for JPW Road and Bridge takes issue with this, stating that the road was sanded and that his company was not at fault in the accident.

Time will tell who, if anyone, is held responsible for the crash.

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