Edmonton school bus crashes into retaining wall, injuring 11 students and driver

Eleven students and the driver of a school bus were taken to hospital Thursday morning after it crashed into a retaining wall on Whitemud Drive.

The driver of the Golden Arrow bus and the injured children were taken to hospital and listed in stable condition, said Kerry Williamson, spokesperson for Alberta Health Services.

Two children suffered broken bones, Williamson said.

A school bus crashed into a retaining wall in the city’s southwest Thursday morning.

A total of 23 children were on the bus. The uninjured children were transported to their schools, police said.

Traffic lanes reduced

An EMS bus, which transports multiple patients, took the injured children to Stollery Children’s Hospital and the driver to University Hospital, said Chris Chantler, EMS operations supervisor.

“This is exactly why we have it,” Chantler said. “With this many patients, it can tax resources very quickly. The bus is a great resource that we have to be able to transport a number of patients with less severe injuries at one time.”

In a crash such as this involving many children, there is an “emotional challenge” for emergency personnel, Chantler said.

The children were being driven to Meadowlark, Rio Terrace and Lynnwood schools, Edmonton Public Schools said in a statement.

“Transportation safety personnel from Edmonton Public Schools and Golden Arrow are on-site. Parents of the children involved are being contacted directly.”

The children were not on a field trip, said Megan Normandeau of Edmonton Public Schools.

Fire rescue crews, EMS and police were called to the crash west on the Whitemud near the 149th Street exit around 8:30 a.m. local time.

Traffic on the route was down to two lanes late morning Thursday.

The bus was not on a school trip when it hit the retaining wall on Whitemud Drive. (David Bajer/CBC)

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