Provincial police say they have charged a 41-year-old bus driver from Timmins with careless driving after his bus lost control and landed on its side in a ditch on Highway 581.

The bus was carrying 41 children and 10 adults from the Timmins Family YMCA. The group was leaving the Twin Lakes Camping park near Moonbeam, Ont. The children were aged 6 to 12.


Ontario Provincial Police say a bus carrying bout 40 children collided into a ditch on Highway 581, near Moonbeam, Ont. (Twitter)

Nine children, one YMCA councillor and the bus driver all received minor injuries in the Thursday afternoon accident, police said. They were transported by emergency service workers to the Kapuskasing Sensenbrenner hospital.

They have all since been released and have safely returned home, police said.

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Meanwhile, the head of the Timmins Family YMCA said he's relieved no one was seriously hurt during the school bus rollover.

"A lot of us went on adrenaline for  ... five or six hours, making sure we could notify the parents and, as you can imagine, there was quite the scene here at the Y," Wayne Bozzer said.

The children were "surprisingly upbeat" when they arrived back in Timmins, he said.

"Most of the comments after the hugging [were]

'I'm tired,' and 'geez, we had a little bus accident,' so they were amazing."

Bozzer said the Timmins Family YMCA staff will have a debrief session with staff Friday to talk about the accident.

"There's still some staff who are shaken up emotionally over the fact, so we're going to have to be cautious today with the staff who were on that road trip and make sure they have what they need."

Bozzer said the Timmins Family YMCA plans to discuss the safety of future road trips with parents in the near future.