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26 injured in eastern Ontario tour bus rollover, OPP say

A tour bus transporting 50 seniors flipped on Highway 28 in the eastern Ontario town of Denbigh Friday morning, sending 26 people to hospital.

Tour bus transporting 50 seniors crashes on Highway 28 in town of Denbigh

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 tour bus transporting 50 seniors flipped on Highway 28 in the eastern Ontario town of Denbigh Friday morning, sending 26 people to hospital with injuries.

Provincial police Acting-Sgt. Angie Atkinson said none of the injuries are life-threatening.

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

Fifteen passengers were taken to a hospital in Bancroft, while another nine were taken to Renfrew. Another two people were transported to a hospital in Barry's Bay.

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

One person suffered serious bone fractures, another had fractured ribs and two people had serious back injuries. Another passenger had a head injury.

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

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.

Paul Johnson was in the back of the bus when it rolled over on a curve. (Frederic Pepin/Radio-Canada)
"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 that amid the chaos following the crash some people fell and were trampled by other passengers.

"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.

The highway was closed between Schutt Road and Highway 41, but the eastbound lane has since reopened, police said.