CHARGES LAID - Shelly Joy Kolodychuk, 42, of Red Deer has been charged with impaired driving-related offences after a school bus carrying 18 children collided with a tree and street sign in Vanier Woods on Monday. Todd Colin Vaughan/Red Deer Express

UPDATE: School bus driver charged with impaired and dangerous driving

Shelly Joy Kolodychuk faces four charges, makes court appearance in July

A Red Deer woman faces charges of impaired and dangerous driving after the school bus she was operating struck a tree Monday afternoon in the Vanier Woods neighbourhood.

A witness who observed the collision called 9-1-1 after the school bus collided with a tree and a sign, then continued to drive for a short distance through Vanier Woods before stopping. RCMP attended the scene of the collision on Valley Green at 4 p.m. along with Red Deer Emergency Services and fire staff.

EMS staff assessed the driver and the children who were on the bus and determined that no one had been injured in the collision. The school bus contained elementary school age children between the ages of five and 12-years-old.

Red Deer RCMP initiated an impaired driving investigation at the scene and continued that investigation into the evening, culminating in four criminal charges against the school bus driver.

Shelly Joy Kolodychuk, 42, of Red Deer has been charged with impaired operation of motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle over 80mg, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and failing to remain at the scene of a collision.

Kolodychuk is scheduled to appear in court in Red Deer on July 12th.

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