Fast drivers cause Thunder Bay bus collisions, police say

After three collisions with school buses in the city on Monday, Thunder Bay Police say drivers need to slow down and watch for school buses.

Thunder Bay Police say drivers need to slow down and watch for school buses, after three collisions with school buses occurred Monday.

"Well I don't think the colour could be any more obvious," said traffic sergeant Glenn Porter.  "Chrome yellow is quite easy to see, and it's that way for a reason." 

The first collision happened just after 8:30 a.m., at Dawson Road and Strand Avenue, when a car rear-ended an empty school bus stopped at a red light.

Police said a 64-year-old woman was charged with careless driving in that incident.

The second collision happened just before 3 p.m., at Edward and Victoria Streets, when a car ran a red light as a school bus was trying to turn left.

The school bus had 29 children on board, with a minor injury reported for one child. .

In this case, a 53-year-old man was charged with running a red light, police said.

The last collision happened just after 3 p.m. on May and Cumming Streets when a pickup truck collided with a school bus with 31 students on board.

Thunder Bay police say they are still investigating one of three collisions with school buses that happened on Tuesday. Police are asking drivers to slow down. (Matt Prokopchuk/CBC)

Only minor injuries were reported.

Porter said all the collisions can be chalked up to one thing.

“People are just driving too fast,” he said.

“You know, school buses they carry kids and kids are a big concern. We're always concerned about their safety. So,  I think the first step is that people just have to slow down.”

Porter said police are still investigating the last collision and charges will be laid.


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