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Driver charged in bus rollover that injured seniors

A bus driver has been charged with careless driving after a tour bus carrying 50 seniors rolled over on Highway 28 in the eastern Ontario town of Denbigh in October.

Tour bus transporting seniors crashed on Highway 28 in town of Denbigh, Ont., in October

Twenty-six people were sent to hospital after a bus rollover on Highway 28 in eastern Ontario on Oct. 14. (Frederic Pepin/Radio-Canada)

A bus driver has been charged with careless driving after a tour bus carrying 50 seniors rolled over on Highway 28 in the eastern Ontario town of Denbigh in October.

The bus did not collide with any other vehicles when it rolled around 10 a.m. ET near Bridge Street in Denbigh, which is about 160 kilometres west of Ottawa.

Many of the passengers suffered minor injuries, Ontario Provincial Police said.

Fifteen passengers were taken to a hospital in Bancroft, while another nine were taken to Renfrew, CBC reported at the time. Two people were transported to a hospital in Barry's Bay.

The bus belonged to Franklin Tours based out of Belleville, Ont.

The driver, a 67-year-old man from Stone Mills Township, Ont., was charged with careless driving under the Highway Traffic Act.

The westbound lane of Highway 28 was closed between Schutt Road and Highway 41 after the bus rolled over. (Frederic Pepin/Radio-Canada)

'Curve was a little too sharp'

Paul Johnson said he was with a group heading to Montreal to visit a Shriner's Hospital. He was sitting at the back of the bus as it rolled at a curve in the highway.

"I guess the curve was a little too sharp and the bus couldn't quite get around it, so he applied the brakes and we managed to slide into a very soft ditch," said Johnson.

"A little bit further on and we would have been in a rock cut. That was very lucky and we are very lucky."

Passenger Wilma Robinson said some people fell and were trampled by other passengers after the crash.

"I don't know where other people ended up, but I ended up under a seat … it was scary, it was really scary," said Robinson.