British Columbia

3 injured in bus crash north of Prince George

The bus, carrying 40 people, crashed north of Prince George Thursday afternoon.

RCMP say weather may have been factor in Highway 97 crash

Prince George RCMP said the crash took place at Highway 97 North near Mitchell Road, about 22 kilometres north of the city around 4:45 p.m. PT. (Google Maps)

Three people were injured in a bus crash north of Prince George on Thursday afternoon.

The crash happened on Highway 97 North near Mitchell Road, about 22 kilometres north of the city, around 4:45 p.m. PT.

RCMP said the bus was the only vehicle involved in the crash. There were 40 people on board.

Cpl. Craig Douglass sent an update on the passengers' conditions Friday morning.

The officer said three people were taken to hospital for injuries, one of whom was in critical condition. That person's condition has since been downgraded and they're expected to make a full recovery.

All of the remaining passengers were taken to hospital for medical assessment.

Slippery conditions

Vern Lecerf, a mechanic who works at the Polar Sawmill owned by Canfor, said the bus was filled with workers coming from Prince George to work at the mill. 

Flurries blanketed the region Thursday, but buses still normally operate in these conditions.

"Just because there's still two feet of snow on the ground, you've still got to come to work," Lecerf said. 

On Friday, Douglass said weather conditions may have been a factor in the crash, though a direct cause hasn't been determined.

"Police are recommending that drivers do not travel on area highways. If you must travel, use extreme caution and bring emergency supplies," the officer said.

Canfor issued a statement late Thursday night, saying that their "focus is on supporting our injured employees and their families."

The highway is open to single-lane alternating traffic until the bus can be brought onto the road, which Douglass said will likely happen later Friday.

With files from Lien Yeung and the Canadian Press