3 school buses carrying kids end up in snowy ditches, fourth bus in collision

Three school buses with students inside went off the road in snowy conditions Wednesday. No injuries were reported, say police and school officials. A fourth, empty, school bus was also involved in a minor collision.

No injuries reported in four separate incidents

A school bus carrying students home from Assumption high school ended up in the ditch along Schoolhouse Road, the third bus to get stuck in snowy conditions on Feb. 7. (Kegun Morkin)

A school bus ended up stuck in the ditch Wednesday afternoon, the third such victim of snowy conditions that sidelined students on their way to and from school in the wake of an early morning snowfall.

Kegun Morkin was riding home from Assumption College Catholic High School when he said his bus driver moved over on Schoolhouse road to allow a snowplow to pass — but what appeared to be solid ground turned out to be soft snow.

"There was a ditch there and he didn't realize it and we just ended up tipping over," explained the 15-year-old, who added no one was hurt and only a couple of people fell across the aisle as the bus settled in the snow.

No students injured

Gabrielle McMillan from Windsor-Essex Student Transportation Services confirmed the bus was stuck in the ditch, but said what happened did not qualify as an "accident."

The afternoon incident came the same day as a morning bus heading to Essex District High School with 17 students inside slid off of the road and into a ditch on 14th Concession Road between Walker Side Road and Old Malden Road. 

The accident occurred on 14th Concession Road between Walker Side Road and Old Malden Road. No one was injured. (OPP)

Joshua Chaulk said he was awakened around 7:30 a.m. by a frantic call from his sister Abbey, a Grade 11 student.

"She was in a panic saying 'Our bus just rolled over, we're in the ditch.'"

He threw his clothes on and drove out to find her, sliding on the roads and taking 45 minutes to complete a trip that usually only takes 15.

Chaulk said he took his sister to school and later to a clinic after she complained of pain from deep bruising on her leg.

"The roads were pretty terrible. I was surprised they ran the buses," he added.

Joshua Chaulk brought his sister Abbey to a clinic after she suffered deep bruising to her leg in a bush crash Wednesday morning. (Meg Roberts/Twitter)

No one was seriously injured in that incident, according to Scott Scantlebury, public relations officer for the Greater Essex County District School Board.

"It wasn't a serious mishap, the students and driver were okay and another bus arrived to take them to school," said Scantlebury.

In addition, an empty school bus in Kingsville was struck by another vehicle. Neither of the vehicle drivers involved was  injured. 

The collision happened in the area of Highway 3 and Essex County Road 29 (Division Road) in Kingsville.

Amherstburg bus

CBC News also confirmed a school bus in Amherstburg carrying two elementary school students went off the road and into a ditch Wednesday morning.

Parents of the children were notified, and the kids were brought to school shortly after, said Stephen Fields, communications coordinator for the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board. 

"It was purely due to the weather conditions, the snow occurring this morning. The roads were pretty bad," said Cst. Steve Owen of the Amherstburg Police Service.

The bus was towed out of the deep ditch with "no heavy impact," Owen said. 

Amherstburg police said it happened around 8:30 a.m. on the 9th Concession 

Bad roads

Police and fire officials in Essex were warning drivers to be cautious on the roads Wednesday morning as about 5 cm of snow hit the region. 

The OPP reported approximately 20 collisions happened between 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Windsor police reported eight minor vehicle collisions between 6:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.