Bus accident results in minor injuries
Millarville: Nine students back to school and home after morning incident
By: Tammy Rollie
| Posted: Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013 12:18 pm
Nine Millarville students suffered minor injuries when a school bus slid down a steep embankment north of the Millarville Race Track on Tuesday morning.
Foothills School Division Director of Transportation Virginia McLeod said the bus was picking up students on 192 Street north of 254th Avenue on Tuesday morning when its tires caught the edge of the road and slid into the ditch at 7:52 a.m.
McLeod said the bus had just turned on the road and was travelling at low speeds at the time of the incident.
Firefighters were on the scene within 15 minutes, with members responding from Heritage Pointe and Priddis.
Priddis Captain Dean Compton said he was relieved to learn the students were okay upon arriving on the scene.
“Some were excited and some were shaken,” he said.
Compton said EMS personnel checked the students over for injuries. None were taken to hospital.
Parents, who were contacted by the Foothills School Division and Turner Valley RCMP, picked their children up at the scene.
“The parents were happy,” said Compton. “Probably nervous at first. As soon as they got here there were lots of hugs and kisses.”
Millarville Community School principal Glenn Gibson arrived at the scene at about 8:45 a.m.
“We heard everybody was okay, it was more a pattern of just making sure I had a first hand knowledge of what happened,” he said. “Getting up there allowed me to get some on-the-scene information.”
Gibson spoke with EMS and RCMP and visited with students.
Upon returning to school, Gibson informed students at the Kindergarten to Grade 9 school about what happened.
“I went around personally to talk to the students to tell them what actually happened to prevent the rumour mill from going on,” he said, adding their initial response was concern. “They seemed to be relieved that everybody was a-okay.”
Of the nine students involved, Gibson said one insisted on going to school. The others stayed home for the day.
A letter will go out to parents today informing them of the incident and counselor support will be available to students involved and their families, said Gibson.
Compton said during his seven years on the fire department he responded to three single vehicle incidents on 192 Street, all at the ‘S’ curve further south of the incident resulting from high speeds.
“This was probably just bad luck,” he said. “(The bus driver) wasn’t going fast.”
Turner Valley RCMP Stg. Paulina Larrey-King said there were no witnesses and the road conditions were good and visibility was clear.
The incident remains under investigation.