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Near miss for school bus near Ignace

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.
An image from the scene where an Iron Range school bus was run off the road by a tractor-trailer unit, Sept. 29. No one was seriously injured in the incident and no students were aboard the bus. Photo submitted

By Dryden Observer Staff

An Iron Range bus driver sustained only minor injuries due to his quick thinking and evasive action early morning, Sept. 29.

Approximately 15 kilometers west of Ignace at 6:45 a.m., an Iron Range school bus was enroute to a charter to pick up students. A westbound transport crossed the centre line in the direct eastbound path of the empty school bus. To avoid a head on collision, the bus driver made the split decision to take the ditch which involved an outcropping of bedrock.

The other choice was the lake.

The transport driver did not stop and there was not enough descriptive information for police to find the transport driver.

Iron Range General Manager, Eric Lehto said, “We are very grateful that our driver is all right and that there weren’t any students on board.”

Lehto went on to say that that the structural integrity of the school bus continues to make it the safest vehicle on the road. Had this been any other vehicle the damage would have been even more extensive. Both the Northwestern Ontario Student Consortium and Iron Range are asking the travelling public if they saw anything that might help police.

Judi Green, General Manager expressed frustration by saying, “This infuriates us, how could a driver not stop? He didn’t even know if there were kids involved.”

Both Iron Range and the Consortium encourage the travelling public to report erratic or illegal driving to police.

Green added, “Take pictures, take video if it is safe to do so. Help us keep your kids safe.”


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