One dead after head on collision with South Okanagan school bus

Students from School District 67 survived a head on motor vehicle accident Tuesday evening that killed one driver.



Students from School District 67 survived a head on motor vehicle accident Tuesday evening that killed one driver.

At approximately 5:45 p.m. Summerland RCMP and the South Okanagan Traffic Services responded to a three vehicle collision on Highway 97 between Bridgeman Road and Callans Road, north of Summerland. Preliminary findings by the RCMP indicate that a red Chrysler Sirius was northbound when it crossed over the undivided highway into the opposing southbound lane. The red sedan struck the white 24-passenger school bus head on, causing the school bus to be pushed into a second southbound vehicle.

The male driver of the red sedan was deceased at the scene. The bus, owned and operated by School District 67 Okanagan Skaha, was transporting 14 teenage students and was driven by a female teacher at the time of the collision. BC Ambulance Services also responded with resources that included an Air Ambulance Unit, utilized to transport one student with serious injuries to Kelowna General Hospital. Eight other students and the teacher were also injured and were all transported to Penticton Regional Hospital. The driver of the gray sedan were shaken with only minor injuries. Some of the injured students were treated and released on Tuesday evening.

“The weather at the time was described as a heavy downpour and appears to be one contributing factor. Many areas of the province in the Southern Interior and Kootenays are experienced heavy rain this evening and overnight, we urge drivers to drive accordingly to the conditions,”said Cpl. Dan Moskaluk.

An RCMP Collision Reconstructionalist attended in order to examine the collision scene and traffic was diverted to alternating lanes while the scene was examined.

Further update information will be provided by RCMP on Wednesday.

Just Posted

Penticton Youth Centre gains key resource

The Foundry health and social resources network will be setting up shop with the YES Project

Mayors Minute: Follow your passions to make a difference

Last week I presented at PechaKucha Penticton

Penticton Vees lose top scorer

Surgery required for Penticton Vees top forward

Smart Cities Challenge needs community support

What challenges could Penticton solve with innovative ideas and $50 million?

Businesses stepping up for SOWINS during holiday season

Several Penticton businesses are running campaigns to assist SOWINS

Video: En’owkin project gets $20,000 boost

The En’owkin Centre on the Penticton Indian Reserve is working to restore culture and habitat

Myers high on Canada

AT RANDOM: Mike Myers says it right, eh

B.C. government to launch coastal ferry review in January

The Province will begin a comprehensive review of the coastal ferry service in British Columbia in 2018

Federal Crown drops appeal after charges against pot activist dismissed

Dana Larsen said he was served notice at his home in Vancouver and the case was to be heard July 2

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to marry May 19

Kensington Palace announced the date to the public Friday

#MeToo at work: How reporting sexual harassment works – and how it doesn’t

British Columbians have four options to report harassment or assault, but none of them are easy

Debt-to-household-income ratio rises in third quarter

Total household credit market debt grew to $2.11 trillion in the third quarter

Charges in car wash shooting stalled

Court waits for police watchdog report on Salmon Arm incident.

Oz brings down the house

Laughter flies like house in a tornado at Cawston Players Wizard of Oz

Most Read