Canada

Serious bus crash on Highway 401 leaves dozens injured

Multiple people have been seriously injured in a bus crash on Highway 401 in eastern Ontario near Prescott. The paramedic service of Leeds and Grenville County tweeted that multiple people at the scene were found with vital signs absent.

A major bus crash has closed Highway 401 westbound between Edward Street and Maitland Road near Prescott, Ont. (Frédéric Pepin/Radio-Canada)

Multiple people have been seriously injured in a bus crash on Highway 401 in eastern Ontario near Prescott. 

The paramedic service of Leeds and Grenville County tweeted that multiple people at the scene were found with vital signs absent and that others with serious injuries had been taken to Brockville General Hospital. 

Another 20 people were being taken to Kemptville Hospital to be assessed. 

Ornge spokesperson Joshua McNamara said early reports indicate there were 30 to 40 passengers on the bus. The first emergency calls came in around 2:45 p.m.

Ornge has sent two helicopters to the scene so far: one from Ottawa that has already returned to the city with a patient, and a second from Toronto which has not yet arrived. A fixed-wing aircraft has been sent to Brockville and the service has also sent a ground ambulance to the scene. 

Paramedics from municipalities across eastern Ontario are at the site of the bus crash, which occurred near Blue Church Road.

Ontario Provincial Police have closed the westbound lanes of the highway between Edward Street and Maitland Road. 

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