BREAKING: Bus driver being investigated for driving under the influence

Red Deer Public Schools issues statement after bus strikes tree and sign with 18 children on board

photo by Todd Colin Vaughan/Red Deer Express

The driver of a school bus is being investigated for driving under the influence after the bus they were driving struck a tree and sign while carrying 18 children on board Monday afternoon.

The bus was carrying Red Deer Public students attending École Barrie Wilson School.

At 4 p.m. the Red Deer RCMP responded to a single vehicle collision involving a school bus in the Vanier Woods neighbourhood following calls to the RCMP by witnesses who saw the incident.

Following the initial investigation, Red Deer City RCMP took the driver into custody for investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol. The matter is under investigation and information will be available from RCMP on Tuesday.

Prairie Bus Lines who are contracted to provide student transportation services to the district operated the bus. The driver involved is also a regular driver for students from Mattie McCullough Elementary. A bus was dispatched by Prairie to take the remaining students home safely.

“We are deeply concerned and shocked by this incident. Adults who serve our students carry a significant responsibility for their safety and care,” commented Stu Henry, Superintendent of Schools.

Red Deer Public Schools and Prairie Bus Lines personnel are cooperating fully with the investigation.

Police continue to investigate the cause of this collision and an update will be provided when available.

Police and Emergency Services responded to the scene following calls to the RCMP by witnesses who saw the incident.

Following the initial investigation, Red Deer City RCMP took the driver into custody for investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol. The matter is under investigation and information will be available from RCMP on Tuesday.

Prairie Bus Lines who are contracted to provide student transportation services to the district operated the bus. The driver involved is also a regular driver for students from Mattie McCullough Elementary. A bus was dispatched by Prairie to take the remaining students home safely.

“We are deeply concerned and shocked by this incident. Adults who serve our students carry a significant responsibility for their safety and care,” commented Stu Henry, Superintendent of Schools.

Red Deer Public Schools and Prairie Bus Lines personnel are cooperating fully with the investigation.

– Fawcett