Collision between two school buses near Saint-Eustache
Two school buses were involved in a collision and caught fire on Tuesday morning on Highway 640 West, near Saint-Eustache. Twenty children were transported to the hospital for minor injuries, as a preventive measure, says the Sûreté du Québec (SQ).
In total, three vehicles collided when there was a slowdown in traffic on the highway, around 10:00 am, in the North Shore of Montreal.
The school bus driver could not have stopped in time and hit the car in front of him. It was the same scenario for the second bus, which followed the first one, said SQ sergeant Claude Denis.
Both buses were burned. “They would be a total loss,” said the sergeant.
About fifty children, nearly half were brought to the hospital. The other children are safe, said Sergeant Denis. Two adults, presumably escorts, also suffered minor injuries, he added.
As for the three drivers, they would not have been injured.
Motorists traveling on the 640 West must leave the highway at the exit of 25th Avenue, where a bypass was organized.
An investigation into this accident is underway, says the SQ.