Woman dies after collision with school bus

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Update: The female driver of the car has died. There were no other injuries.

(press release)

Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) were advised at 2:40 p.m. of a collision between a bus and a car in the 1700 block area on Regional Road 174 between Trim Road and Quigley Hill Road.  Early reports indicated that a person may have been ejected from the car.   The first OFS crews on scene did confirm extrication would be required for a person trapped inside the car.  Original information reported possible ejected persons; therefore as a precaution OFS crews did complete a search to ensure there were no additional patients in the area.  No additional patients were found.  There were approximately 38 high school students on the bus and no injuries were reported for that group.  While awaiting a replacement bus, students were sheltered in a garage of a neighbouring home.  The OFS Extrication crew first stabilized the vehicle with cribbing and ensured there was a hose ready should there be the presence of fire during operations.  Extrication tools such as: spreaders and cutters were used to recover the person inside the vehicle. Injured persons on scene were transferred into the care of the Ottawa Paramedic Service.   Questions pertaining to the vehicle extrication can be directed to Ottawa Fire Services while patient care related questioning should be directed to the Ottawa Paramedic Service.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind motorists to drive carefully when emergency crews are working at a road side incident.  We recommend the following:

·         Avoid the area or find a suitable detour that will not hinder emergency operations. 

·         Vehicles not involved in the collision are to yield for emergency vehicles trying to access the scenes and the persons requiring assistance. 

·         If you are the first person at a motor vehicle incident please approach the scene only if it is safe to do so.  It is advisable to remain in your vehicle on fast moving highways and roadways as passing motorists may not see you if you exit your vehicle.

·         Call 9-1-1 as soon as it is safe to do so.  Remember, you are our eyes and ears to the emergency.  Our Dispatch staff will ask questions to help best locate the caller and assess the conditions surrounding the emergency.  We encourage you to remain calm, answer the Dispatcher’s questions and to stay on the line until advised to hang up.


OttawaStart Staff

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