Emergency crews responding to Ontario crash involving multi-passenger vehicle

07 June, 2018, 15:30 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Portion of Hwy 401 WB closed after crash

Multiple people have been seriously injured in a bus crash on Highway 401 in eastern Ontario near Prescott.

Apart from the bus driver and a tour guide, all 34 tourists and a team leader are Chinese nationals.

According to police, most of the passengers who suffered injuries were on the passenger side of the bus - the side that impacted with the rock cut.

A truck driver who passed the scene of the crash said he could see passengers standing outside the bus who appeared to have facial injuries.

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The bus is painted with the logo of the US -based company Union Tour Express.

A police investigation is ongoing.

According to her, on a scene there arrived emergency crews and immediately found the bus in the ditch near the highway.

"It's going to take some time to investigate", Const. Suzanne Runciman said Tuesday.

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Provincial police have closed the westbound lanes of the highway between Edward Street and Maitland Road.

Joshua McNamara, a spokesman for Ontario's air ambulance service, said that it flew three people farther west to Kingston.

Four women and one man were admitted in critical condition to Brockville General Hospital, spokeswoman Abby McIntyre told Reuters.

An official at one hospital said the patients brought there spoke Chinese. "What I've been advised is that we have received five of the most critical".

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The Chinese Embassy said on Twitter that it was "very much concerned" about the condition of the injured passengers and was in contact with Canadian authorities.

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