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Officials investigate at the scene of a school bus - truck accident near Crossfield, north of Calgary, Alberta, on Friday.
Five year old who attends Crossfield Elementary School taken by air ambulance, eight children and school bus driver sent to hospital
CROSSFIELD, Alta. — Emergency officials say one child is in critical condition following a collision between a work truck and a school bus north of Calgary.
STARS air ambulance spokesman Cam Heke says a five-year-old boy with potentially life-threatening injuries has been flown from a rural intersection near Crossfield to the Children’s Hospital in Calgary.
Reports on the number of children on the bus have varied, but police say at least seven were involved.
Deputy Fire Chief Judy Unsworth with Rocky View County says the accident happened about 8 a.m.
Some motorists quickly stopped to help get the students off the bus.
Unsworth says the children she saw were being treated by paramedics and firefighters.
“They were all very brave and ... my heart goes out to them. They were trying not to cry and (were) very shook by what was happening,” Unsworth said Friday.
The yellow bus was upright against a guardrail and the large pickup truck was nose down in a ravine. The front end of the bus was crushed and missing its windshield. Glass and auto parts were scattered across the road.
After the air ambulance left the scene, the remaining children and the female bus driver were taken to Calgary hospitals by ground ambulance.
Police said the driver of the truck had minor injuries. He was not taken to hospital.
RCMP Const. Robert Frizzell said the truck was a one-tonne Ford F-350.
He said the injuries of the children ranged from severe to non-life-threatening.
Crossfield Mayor Nathan Anderson said the children attend Crossfield Elementary School, one of two schools in the community of 3,000.
“I am very concerned. Our prayers go out to those kids and families,” Anderson said. “We just hope, God willing, they are all OK and will pull out of this without any lasting effects.”
Frizzell said it’s not yet known what caused the crash.
“We’re not quite sure what the contributing factor to this collision was, whether that’s limited visibility or road conditions or what’s actually there,” he said.
“We’ve contacted our collision reconstructionists out of Calgary to attend and determine that.”