Friday, January 12, 2018

Chronicle Herald: Tractor-trailer, school bus in collision on Kellys Mountain

This screen grab from a Department of Transportation webcam shows
a LifeFlight helicopter as it sits on Highway 105 after a collision
between a tractor-trailer and a school bus on Friday morning
SYDNEY — RCMP and rescue officials are on scene after a bus and tractor-trailer collision near the English Mountain Road on Kellys Mountain.

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Michelle MacLeod, spokeswoman for the Cape Breton-Victoria regional school board said 11 students from the Baddeck area were being transported to Memorial Composite High School in Sydney Mines.

RCMP said in a news release that the crash, which happened near the crest of Kellys Mountain, occurred at 8:08 a.m.

They said that the bus "collided with a trailer that had been left partially in the roadway overnight."

All of the students were assessed on site by EHS and it was determined that none of them was seriously hurt.

A second bus was sent to the site and transported the students to hospital in Baddeck to be reassessed. Parents of the students involved were all notified by the board.

An RCMP news release said the students' injuries were limited to "bumps and bruises."

The Jaws of Life had to be used to extricate the driver from the bus. RCMP said the driver suffered "serious injuries" in the crash and was transported to hospital in a LifeFlight helicopter for treatment.

A crisis team was also sent by the school board to Baddeck Academy and two crisis intervention workers were sent to the hospital to meet parents and students as they arrived, MacLeod said.

Board staff also attended the scene, although they couldn’t access the crash site directly as it was cordoned off, MacLeod said.

She referred any other comment on the collision itself to the RCMP.

Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal is advising that Kellys Mountain is currently closed because of the crash.

An RCMP spokesperson said it’s unclear when the highway may reopen, saying once its collision analyst arrives on scene a determination will be made whether it is safe to reopen the road to a single lane of traffic.

To read original article in Chronicle Herald, click here.