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Friday, December 8, 2023
School bus driver charged with careless driving after crash
Police say the 2003 Ford pickup truck in the accident on Concession 2 and Line 2 may be a write-off.

Police have charged a 71-year-old Niagara-on-the-Lake school bus driver after his bus struck a pickup truck Monday morning.

None of the 13 children aboard the bus were injured. The driver of the pickup was in stable condition as of Tuesday.

Niagara Regional Police spokesperson Const. Phil Gavin told The Lake Report the bus driver has been charged with failing to stop and careless driving, under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act.

The driver was taking the students to a District School Board of Niagara school but Gavin refused to say which one, citing privacy concerns. 

The crash happened at about 9 a.m. near the intersection of Line 2 and Concession 2.

The 2003 Ford truck flipped into a nearby ditch from the force of the collision. 

“The damage to the vehicle was severe and most likely a write-off,” Gavin said.

Damage to the school bus was minimal.

Bryce Brunarski, a Niagara regional EMS operations supervisor, said paramedics took the 85-year-old victim to a hospital outside the region over concerns of a potential back injury.

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