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5 children, 1 adult injured in school bus crash on highway north of Calgary

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School bus crash leaves 5 students, 1 adult injured near Didsbury
WATCH: Five children and one adult were injured after a school bus rolled off the road near Didsbury on Monday. Cami Kepke reports. – Oct 23, 2023

Nine students and two teachers were on a school bus that rolled off the road Monday morning.

Didsbury RCMP said an officer came across the rollover on Highway 2A at Township Road 320 at around 10:20 a.m.

EMS responded to the crash shortly before 10:30 a.m. Police say there were nine students, two teachers and the driver on the bus at the time of collision. Six people were transported to various hospitals via ground ambulance for a range of injuries, some considered serious, but not life threatening.

  • One youth with non-life threatening injuries was taken to the Foothills Medical Centre
  • One youth with non-life threatening injuries was taken to the Alberta Children’s Hospital
  • Three youth with non-life threatening injuries were taken to the Didsbury Health Centre
  • One adult with non-life threatening injuries was taken to the Peter Lougheed Centre

Rocky View Schools confirmed to Global News the nine students and two staff members are from George McDougall High School. They were en route to a field trip in Olds when the accident happened, and they contacted the families of those who were on the bus.

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“The safety and well-being of our students and staff is our first priority. Division and school supports are being offered to anyone at George McDougall who may want help. As the accident is under investigation, we are unable to provide any further details,” said Tara de Weerd the Director of Communications at Rocky View Schools.

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“We are thankful to first responders for their care and to our staff and the bus driver who supported our students during this unfortunate accident. Our thoughts are with our students and staff impacted by this accident. They will continue to have our full support as they recover. “

On X, formerly known as Twitter, Alberta Premier Danielle Smith and Minister of Education Demetrios Nicolaides wished the victims a speedy recovery.

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Police say poor road conditions are believed to have contributed to the crash, but the collision is still under investigation.

RCMP blocking the road at Highway 2A south of the bus crash scene. Craig Hooper / Global News

Highway 2A between Township Road 320 and 314 has reopened.

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School bus crash update

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