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Multiple people sent to hospital after highway bus collision

A Dodge truck collided with a bus carrying youths from a church camp Thursday afternoon west of Osoyoos.

Multiple people were sent to hospital with minor injuries after a bus carrying youths from a church camp was hit by a Dodge truck 20 kilometres west of Osoyoos Thursday afternoon.

Around 1:30 p.m. South Okanagan Traffic Services, Osoyoos RCMP and Keremeos RCMP responded to a collision on Highway 3.

A Dodge truck pulling a travel trailer was travelling westbound on Highway 3 when it attempted to pass a tractor trailer unit. A school bus travelling east on Highway 3 was carrying approximately 30 youth from a church camp in Princeton.

Police said the driver of the Dodge truck lost control while trying to swerve back in front of the tractor trailer.  The driver of the Dodge truck was unable to regain control and slid sideways and the driver's door went into the front of the bus. The main body of the travel trailer broke free from the trailer frame and went over an embankment bursting into flames and was destroyed by fire.

Two of the occupants from the bus were taken to South Okanagan General Hospital (SOGH) in Oliver with minor injuries. The occupants of the Dodge were also transported to SOGH and Penticton Regional Hospital with minor injuries.

The Ministry of Forests (BC Fire Service) were on scene to extinguish the brush fire caused by the fully engulfed travel trailer.

Highway 3 was closed for approximately two hours.

South Okanagan Traffic Services has taken conduct of the investigation.  No further information will be released.


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