Burlington senior crashes a school bus in Oakville. Driver in serious condition.

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON  September 6, 2012  Three days into the school year and a school bus mounts a curb, strikes a tree, crashes through an iron fence and  comes to a precarious perch atop a retaining wall adjacent to Bronte Harbour.  Shortly before 8 a.m. a school bus was southbound on Bronte Road near Marine Drive (in the Bronte Harbour District) when for unknown reasons it left the roadway.  

Emergency crews were called to the scene and the unresponsive driver, a 62 yr old Burlington man, was removed from the bus and rushed to Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital.  Two boys, brothers aged 11 and 7, were also removed from the bus.  They were uninjured and turned over to the care of their mother.  The students were picked up at their stop minutes before the crash.

The driver was transferred to Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga where he remains in serious condition.  Due to the condition of the driver, the Collision Reconstruction Unit (C.R.U.) has taken carriage of the investigation.  Bronte Road between Lakeshore Road and Marine Drive was closed for three and a half hours while the investigation took place.

No other vehicles were involved in this collision and luckily no pedestrians were hurt.  The area is usually busy with a high volume of pedestrians and business operators starting their day.  The retaining wall and fence are being inspected by Town of Oakville officials.

The bus has been seized by police and will be undergoing a mechanical inspection; a routine part of the reconstruction investigation.  Investigators will also be looking at the possibility of a medical issue on the part of the driver.

Police will not be releasing the names of the driver, students or destination school.  The bus is operated by Attridge Transportation Incorporated based out of Burlington.

Several witnesses have already come forward, any further witnesses are asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit.

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