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One youth seriously injured, others hospitalized after school bus collides with crane near Smoky Lake

One youth has been airlifted by STARS air ambulance after suffering serious life-threatening injuries in a collision Monday morning near Smoky Lake that involved a school bus and a crane.

Fourteen students were on the school bus at roughly 8:30am heading north on Range Road 180 when the collision occurred with a crane heading westbound on Highway 28, almost five kilometres west of Smoky Lake.

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

The remaining students and bus driver were taken to hospital for further assessment with various injuries and observation by a separate bus that attended the scene.

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

Parents of the students involved have been contacted and H.A. Kostash School is providing support. Redwater Victim Services is also assisting.

RCMP is investigating the collision and the highway is now open.