Woman killed as car, Lester B. Pearson school bus collide south of Montreal
7 students brought to hospital with injuries to their teeth, tongues and knees
A 25-year-old woman was killed Monday morning after the car she was driving collided with a school bus.
Eleven students were on the bus, which was heading to Forest Hill Elementary's junior and senior campuses in Saint-Lazare, when it collided with a car around 9 a.m., according to Lester B. Pearson School Board Chair Suanne Stein Day.
Eyewitness Derek Defazio, who works at an auto body shop next to the collision site, told CBC News that the woman wasn't driving fast.
Defazio said she appeared to lose control on a curve before hitting the bus.
After witnessing the crash, Defazio tried to help her out of the car, but he said she was stuck and she wasn't breathing.
Ten minutes later, he said first responders arrived with the jaws of life.
All children except 1 released from hospital
Seven children on the bus were taken to the Valleyfield hospital with injuries to their teeth, tongues and knees, according to Julien Sauriol, spokesman for the local ambulance workers (CETAM).
As of 1:45 p.m. all of the students except for one had been released from hospital. Day said the remaining child had been vomiting and might have a concussion.
Two students lived near the scene of the collision and were picked up by their parents, while the other two went to school, accompanied by a secretary, Stein Day said.
The bus driver was also taken to hospital with minor injuries. The Sûreté du Québec is handling the investigation.
Roads were deemed safe, chair says
All parents of students at the school were notified about the incident.
The principals of both branches of the school are at the hospital with the parents of the injured children, Stein Day said.
A trauma team will also be made available should the children need psychological support.
Stein Day said around 4 a.m., the bus companies checked the roads and determined the weather wouldn't be a factor in getting children to school safely this morning.
"Accidents happen whether the roads are clear or not. We really don't know what caused this accident," she said.