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Houston students escape multi vehicle collision unharmed

By Contributor
January 28th, 2013

Students travelling on a school bus near Houston escaped without injury after being involved in a multi vehicle collision on Highway 16 Thursday (January 24) near the northern B.C. city.

Houston RCMP the accident happened Thursday afternoon around 4 p.m. when the detachmnt received a report of a head-on crash occurring on Highway 16 near the Alix Frontage Rd, two kilometers West of Houston.

Police, fire and BC Ambulance attendance to the scene to find 18 students and school bus driver were being off loaded from school bus.

As a result of the collision the bus had gone off the road and ended up on its side.

After being assessed by fire rescue and ambulance staff at the scene, the students were transported to Houston to be picked up by awaiting and concerned parents.

The driver of the blue pick-up truck was transported to Smithers Hospital by EHS for treatment of minor non-life threatening injuries.

RCMP investigators have determined that alcohol or drugs are not believed to be factors in the crash and are attributing the collision to the pick-up truck driver’s inattention to traffic conditions.

The bus was eastbound en route to Houston at the time of the crash. Witness accounts and scene examination indicate that the westbound pick-up truck crossed into the eastbound lane to avoid a collision with two other eastbound vehicles that were stopped and preparing to turn left off of the highway.

There was light snow falling at the time but little accumulation on the highway.

One of the two vehicles stopped on the highway avoided the collision by driving off to the side at which time the pick truck glanced back over into first stopped vehicle after hitting the bus.

Investigators are contemplating possible motor vehicle charges against the driver of the pick-up truck.

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