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Updated: Greyhound bus crashes near Fernie, killing one

June 4th, 2011

A fatal Greyhound bus crash near Fernie has resulted in the death of one person and at least two people are listed in critical condition.

RCMP reported that seven people were on the bus when it crashed on Highway 3, about eight kilometres east of Fernie.

The highway was closed in both directions as of 6:30 a.m. Saturday.

A 34-year-old southern Alberta woman was killed after her vehicle collided with a Greyhound bus from Calgary.

At around 4 a.m. local time, a vehicle was heading east on Highway 3 between Fernie and Sparwood, near Hosmer when it reportedly crossed the double solid centre line and collided head-on with a bus.

The female driver of the vehicle, who was alone, died at the scene. The woman is from Cowley, Alta., a village west of Lethbridge. Her name has not been released.

The male bus driver and a bus passenger sustained serious injuries. The bus driver had to be extricated from the bus. The bus was traveling from Calgary to Creston.

The Greyhound bus had been tipped on its side in a ditch, and later pulled off the road by a crane.

The entire front of the bus was destroyed and several side window panes were smashed.

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