By Marianne Curtis
A school bus driver has been charged after a three vehicle accident that took place on along Highway #1 near Dufresne.
On November 24, RCMP responded to a collision between a school bus and two half ton trucks. According to police, the school bus was hit by both eastbound vehicles while it was attempting to crossing Highway #1 southbound. There were no children on the school bus.
The RM of Tache Fire Department and Ste. Anne Ambulance responded to the crash and both drivers of the trucks were transported to Ste. Anne Hospital with unknown injuries.
The bus is owned and the driver is employed by First Student Canada, formerly known as King Transportation, but under contract by the Division scolaire franco-manitobaine (DSFM) confirmed Superintendent Denis Ferré. He would not comment on what will happen to the bus driver from the school division’s standpoint.
“Because we contract all of our transportation through First Student Canada all investigations are handled by their people,” explained Ferre. “Following their investigations we receive a briefing and if pertinent, police findings are also shared with us.”
This is the third accident involving a First Student Canada school bus driver while working for the Division scolaire franco-manitobaine in the past two years. On October 15, 2010 a school bus rear ended a passenger car while traveling northbound along highway #59 near Grand Pointe. Five children were transported to hospital as a precaution.
In April 2009, Nicole Marie Wilgosh, from Lorette, was charged with proceeding across Highway #1 before it was safe to do so after an accident took place near Dufresne. There were three children on board at the time of the accident, and they were all transported to hospital with minor injuries.
The driver of this school bus has been charged after it was involved in a three vehicle collision along Highway #1.