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Alberta man charged in January robbery, crash involving pickup and school bus

Blackfalds RCMP are looking for information after a stolen truck was involved in a school bus collision on Jan. 22, 2019.
Blackfalds RCMP are looking for information after a stolen truck was involved in a school bus collision on Jan. 22, 2019. Supplied: Blackfalds RCMP

A central Alberta man has been charged in the January head-on crash of a stolen pickup with a school bus that slightly injured two children.

RCMP say officers were called to a carjacking near Blackfalds on Jan. 22.

Mounties say a passing motorist had stopped to help with the collision when a man got out of the pickup, pointed a handgun and stole the driver’s vehicle.

The bus was carrying seven children who were assessed by emergency medical personnel and cleared.

READ MORE: Truck slams into Alberta school bus, suspect steals vehicle at gunpoint: RCMP

Watch below: (From January 2019) The victim of a carjacking at gunpoint near Red Deer on Tuesday is sharing her terrifying experience as police search for her vehicle and the suspect. Lauren Pullen reports.

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Police looking for stolen vehicle after carjacking at gunpoint near Red Deer – Jan 23, 2019

Police say Jason Ionson of Red Deer, Alta., is charged with robbery with a weapon, assault with a weapon, dangerous driving, failure to remain at the scene of an accident and other offences.

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Mounties say he has been in custody since Feb. 26 on unrelated matters.