September 12, 2018 8:04 am
Updated: September 12, 2018 4:43 pm

1 student sent to hospital after school bus crashes on Old Sambro Road outside Halifax

WATCH: One student was taken to hospital after a school bus collided with a power pole and landed on its side in a ditch in Harrietsfield on Wednesday morning. Alicia Draus has more.

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One student was taken to hospital after a school bus collided with a power pole and landed on its side in a ditch in Harrietsfield on Wednesday morning.

The single-vehicle collision happened on Old Sambro Road between Club and White Head roads. There were 11 students and the bus driver on board at the time.

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Halifax Regional Police initially said there were no reported injuries, however Halifax Fire District Chief Scott Shaffner said at the scene some students were treated for minor injuries.

“We had one individual with abdominal pains sent to hospital and the remainder 10 children had minor injuries but were checked out by EHS and released to their parents on the scene,” Shaffner said.

Halifax Regional Centre for Education tweeted that the Route 131 bus was heading to Herring Cove Jr. High and said some students were being taken to school on another bus.

“School will contact families directly,” the tweet read.

Shaffner said the students were “evidently well-trained” and were able to evacuate from the bus safely with the help of the driver.

The crash also led to a power outage in that location, affecting more than 1,000 customers. Nova Scotia Power expects to restore power later in the afternoon.

“We’ve just got the power taken down and once that was down we were able to assess that further,” said Shaffner.

“One of our biggest concerns was the fuel tank being breached into the water supply but luckily that was not the case so now we just have to wait until a tow truck comes here and gets [the bus] back on all four wheels.”

Halifax Regional Police say charges are not anticipated in the incident.

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