Saskatchewan

Several children injured in school bus crash near Elfros, Sask.

A number of children were injured Friday morning when a school bus slid off Highway 35 and rolled near Elfros, Sask.

19 children on bus that slid off Highway 35 northeast of Regina and rolled into ditch

Several children were injured when this bus crashed just south of Elfros, Sask., on Friday morning. (Dwight Pomedli/Twitter)

A number of children were injured Friday morning when a school bus slid off Highway 35 and rolled near Elfros, Sask.

On board the bus were 19 children, all nine or 10 years old, two teachers and the driver. It wasn't immediately clear how may children were hurt, but a witness told CBC News that the injuries appeared to be mainly cuts and bruises.

They were all removed from the bus, and some were taken to hospital in Wadena to be examined and treated for what police described as minor injuries, although one person suffered a broken collarbone.

The Grade 4 to 6 children were from the elementary school in Wadena, about 25 kilometres north of the crash site.

According to the school, it was Winter Fun Day and the children had been on their way to the Mission Ridge ski hill.

The crash happened just south of Elfros, about 200 kilometres northeast of Regina. (Google Maps/CBC)

The accident happened on Highway 35, about one kilometre south of the village, which is located 200 kilometres northeast of Regina.

The highway was closed immediately after the accident, but was reopened by 11 a.m. CST.

A preliminary investigation indicated the bus slid on the icy highway, went into the ditch and rolled onto its side, RCMP said.

Police were warning motorists in the area to beware of similar conditions or to stay off the roads altogether.

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