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Girl hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after incident involving N.B. school bus

A girl was sent to hospital with life-threatening injuries after an incident involving a school bus in Dorchester, N.B. Submitted by Wade Perry

Police continue to provide no details about an incident on a school bus that sent a girl to hospital with what is believed to be life-threatening injuries Tuesday afternoon.

While the New Brunswick RCMP initially said on Twitter that a “collision” had happened, RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Hans Ouellette confirmed on Wednesday that the bus did not collide with anything.

On Tuesday, Ouellette said Sackville RCMP responded to Woodlawn Road in Dorchester, N.B. around 2:45 p.m.

“During the incident, a school-aged girl was injured and was transported to hospital with what is believed to be life-threatening injuries,” he said.

Ouellette couldn’t provide more details about the incident, but said police believe there were no other vehicles involved.

“The only information I have is that the incident involved only the school bus itself,” he said. “We’re still at the preliminary stages of the investigation and we’re still investigating the cause of the incident.”

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He said more information will be made available later. On Wednesday, he said no other details were available, nor could he provide an update on the girl’s condition, but said police did not believe criminality was a factor.

Woodlawn Road was closed for a few hours Tuesday and traffic was being diverted, but it has since reopened.

In a statement to parents Tuesday afternoon, Anglophone East School District acting superintendent Pamela Wilson said the incident involved students from Dorchester Consolidated School.

Wilson said the school district is in contact with the RCMP, first responders and families of students who were directly impacted.

“We do not have full details of the incident at this time and cannot provide an update on the student’s condition,” said Wilson.

“Our thoughts and hearts are with the families, students and Dorchester staff.”

On Wednesday, classes were cancelled at Dorchester Consolidated School, but there were counsellors on hand for students who need to speak to someone about the incident, according to an employee at the school who was reached by phone.

The school did not comment further on the incident.

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