Head on collision with bus injures 18 people

A head on collision in Cold Lake involving a car and a charter bus has resulted in 18 people being transported to hospital with injuries. The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing, however RCMP do not believe alcohol was a factor.

On December 1st, at 4:00 pm, RCMP responded to a collision on 16th Avenue, just before Baywood Road, near the Provincial Park. “There were 16 people in the bus and two in the car,” confirmed Sgt. Ryan Howrish, of the Cold Lake RCMP Detachment. In the car was a female and her four month old child.

The Cold Lake Fire Rescue assisted in the extraction of the passengers, by cutting through the side of the bus, confirmed RCMP.

All 16 passengers on the bus, and the mother & child were taken to the hospital and treated. Injuries varied in severity. Up to seven people were transported via stretches and the driver of the car was transported to Edmonton for medical treatment.

“We are still determining what happened. Alcohol deemed not a contributing factor,” Sgt. Howrish said weather could have played a part in the incident. “We are still under investigation as to who was at fault. No indication of any charges.”