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Bus driver charged after 3 students injured in Innisfil crash

Last Updated Sep 12, 2018 at 6:33 pm EDT

A 73-year-old Barrie man has been charged after a crash involving a school bus and a pickup truck in Innisfil left three high school students with serious injuries.

Police say the school bus was travelling eastbound on 4th Line when it collided with a pickup truck heading northbound on 5th Sideroad just before 8 a.m. Wednesday morning.

South Simcoe Police Service spokeswoman Sue Sgambati said all 14 students and the driver on board the bus bound for Nantyr Shores Secondary School near Innisfil were taken to hospital as a precautionary measure, with three being treated for serious injuries.

One of those three, Sgambati said, was airlifted to a Toronto trauma centre for treatment. None of the students’ injuries are believed to be life-threatening, she added.

Ontario’s air ambulance service Ornge confirmed that it had taken one student from the scene about 100 kilometres north of Toronto and described the student’s condition as critical.

The solo occupant of the pickup truck was also transported to hospital as a precaution.

Late Wednesday, police charged the driver of the school bus with failing to stop at a stop sign. He is scheduled to appear in court in November.