A Burnaby school bus collided with another vehicle and crashed into a home on Thursday morning (Nov. 9), sending 11 people to hospital.
Burnaby RCMP Corp. Michael Kalanj said the two-vehicle collision occurred shortly before 8 a.m. in the area of Canada Way & 16th Avenue. He said the school bus, which was bound for a New Westminster high school, was crossing over Canada Way when it collided with a sedan that was coming down the road. The bus then went over the curb and drove part way through the side of a home.
Police, fire crews and six ambulances were called to the scene.
The BC Emergency Health Services said 11 patients were taken to hospital, all of them in stable condition. Kalanj said he believed they were all high school students and that their physical injuries will likely amount to bruises.
The driver of the sedan also sustained minor injuries, but didn’t go to hospital, according to Kalanj. The driver of the school bus was not injured and Kalanj said he doesn’t know if anyone was inside the home when it was hit, but that no one there was hurt either.
Kalanj said they’re now turning to the cause of the crash. He said impairment is not considered a factor, but it will take them longer to determine if speed played a part. He said the most important thing is that no one was seriously hurt.
“As horrific as this is and looks, so far we’re happy it’s not as bad as it could have been.”
Canada Way remains closed between Graham and 17th avenues.