March 21st, 2018

Teenage girl dead after Alberta collision between semi truck and school bus

By The Canadian Press on March 7, 2018.

REDWATER, Alta. – An Alberta school superintendent says the death of a teenage girl in a collision between a school bus and a semi truck north of Edmonton has devastated the small community.

Police and paramedics responded to the crash that happened around 8 a.m. in Thorhild County near Redwater.

“EMS pronounced one teenage female deceased at the scene,” said Kirsten Goruk, a spokeswoman for Alberta Health Services in Edmonton.

Fourteen patients were assessed by paramedics and no one else was transported to hospital, she said.

The bus driver was on his way to Thorhild Central School with 13 other students at the time of the collision.

“This is an immeasurable loss and tragedy for our entire community,” Aspen View Public Schools Superintendent Mark Francis told The Canadian Press. “Thorhild is that small Alberta town where everyone knows everyone so a tragedy like this impacts the entire community.

“We have a grieving mom and dad and family, grieving neighbours and community, and grieving staff and students – this is a tragedy that impacts our community to its soul.”

The girl’s name has not yet been released, but Francis said she was a well-loved student.

“A whole school grieves for her,” he said.

About 300 students from kindergarten to Grade 12 attend the school.

Francis said counselling is being offered to staff and students, including those who were on the bus at the time of the collision.

Police said they were still investigating what happened.

“There was some fog that was reported,” Cpl. Ronald Bumbry of the RCMP said early Wednesday. “We are still looking at all the factors contributing to this collision. It’s very early on.”

– By Colette Derworiz in Edmonton

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