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Two Smoky Lake students injured in bus crash

Collision between a school bus and a crane leaves one student with life-threatening injuries
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SMOKY LAKE – Shortly before 8:30 a.m. Dec. 2, a school bus contracted by Aspen View Public Schools was involved in a motor-vehicle collision with a crane at the intersection of Highway 28 and Range Road 180, approximately five kilometres west of Smoky Lake. 

The bus, which was transporting students to H.A. Kostash School, a K-12 school in Smoky Lake, was northbound on RR 180 and the crane was westbound on Highway 28.   

“Fifteen students were aboard the bus at the time of the collision, plus the bus driver,” confirmed Ross Hunter, communications officer for Aspen View Public Schools. 

One youth suffered serious life-threatening injuries and was transported by STARS to Edmonton and another was taken by EMS to Edmonton with serious non-life-threatening injuries.  

A second bus was dispatched to the scene and transported the remaining students and the driver to the Smoky Lake Healthcare Centre for further assessment.  

Families of all students involved in the collision have been notified. Supports for students and staff are in place at H.A. Kostash School and Redwater Victim Services is assisting. 

The driver of the crane was taken to hospital with minor injuries and a passenger was not injured. 

Smoky Lake RCMP along with a RCMP Collision Analyst remain on scene and the investigation continues. 


About the Author: Heather Stocking

Heather Stocking is the editor and one reporter at the Athabasca Advocate, a weekly paper in Northern Alberta. Heather covers all aspects of the news in and around Athabasca and Boyle as well as other small communities.
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