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11 kids taken to hospital after school bus crash on Edmontons Whitemud Drive
Eleven students and the driver of a school bus were taken to hospital Thursday morning after it crashed into a retaining wall on Whitemud Drive in Edmonton.

The driver of the Golden Arrow bus and the injured children were taken to hospital and listed in stable condition, said Kerry Williamson, spokesperson for Alberta Health Services.

“Any time you get any calls involving children, certainly with this number of children, it adds a level of stress and emotional challenge to the call,” Chantler said. “Thankfully, in this event…none of the injuries appear to be life-threatening, so overall a very good outcome.”

A total of 23 children were on the bus. The uninjured children were transported to their schools, police said.

“Parents of the children involved are being contacted directly,” the statement reads. “Safety is our top priority, both at school and on the bus. We will continue to work with Edmonton Police Service and Golden Arrow as the investigation continues.”

School bus crashes into wall on Whitemud Drive, 11 children hospitalized

An EMS bus, which transports multiple patients, took the injured children to Stollery Children's Hospital and the driver to University Hospital, said Chris Chantler, EMS operations supervisor.

Fire rescue crews assisting EMS were called to the scene west on the Whitemud near the 149 Street exit at 8:16 a.m after a school bus carrying 23 children struck a concrete retaining wall on the east side of the freeway.

"This is exactly why we have it," Chantler said. "With this many patients, it can tax resources very quickly. The bus is a great resource."

In a crash such as this involving many children, there is an "emotional challenge" for emergency personnel, Chantler said.

The children were being driven to Meadowlark, Rio Terrace and Lynnwood schools, according to Edmonton Public Schools (EPS); they were not on a field trip.

Edmonton Public Schools issued a statement Thursday confirming a Golden Arrow bus carrying students to Meadowlark, Rio Terrace and Lynnwood schools was involved in the collision.

"Transportation safety personnel from Edmonton Public Schools and Golden Arrow are on-site. Parents of the children involved are being contacted directly," EPS said in a statement. 

Eleven children and one adult were transported to hospital after a school bus loaded with about two dozen kids struck a retaining wall on Whitemud Drive Thursday morning.

Brian Hauptman, who is responsible for school bus operations, said in a statement the driver claims the other vehicle "had come across and caught the front left of the school bus." 

Edmonton firefighters and medical crews respond to the scene of a school bus crash on Whitemud Drive at 149 Street on Thursday, May 23, 2019. David Bloom / Postmedia

"He manoeuvred the bus to get out of its way and struck the wall. There is damage on the left side that I can see," he added. 

All 12 patients are listed in stable condition. Two of the children were being treated for broken bones, an Alberta Health Services (AHS) spokesperson said.

Fire rescue crews, EMS and police were called to the crash west on the Whitemud near the 149th Street exit around 8:30 a.m. local time.

Eleven kids and one adult were injured Thursday morning in Edmonton when the school bus they were riding in crashed into a retaining wall on the Whitemud.

Edmonton firefighters and medical crews respond to the scene of a school bus crash on Whitemud Drive at 149 Street on Thursday, May 23, 2019.

Emergency medical services responded to the crash just before the 149 Street exit at about 8:15 a.m. Police responded about 15 minutes later.

EMS and EPS respond to a school bus crash on Whitemud Drive at 149 Street on the morning of May 23, 2019.

A dozen people were taken to hospital on Thursday morning, 11 of them children, after a Golden Arrow school bus crashed into a retaining wall on Whitemud drive, right before the 149 Street exit.

EMS and EPS respond to a school bus crash on Whitemud Drive at 149 Street on the morning of May 23, 2019.

EMS and EPS respond to a school bus crash on Whitemud Drive at 149 Street on the morning of May 23, 2019.

A total of 23 children were on board, according to Edmonton police. Eleven of those kids were taken to hospital in stable condition.

Two westbound lanes of the Whitemud were blocked off while emergency crews attended the scene.  

“Two patients suffered broken bones. All patients were in stable condition,” Sabrina Atwal, a spokeswoman for the Alberta Health Services, told the Canadian Press in an email.

Megan Normandeau, a spokeswoman for Edmonton Public Schools, said the Golden Arrow bus was on the way to Meadowlark, Rio Terrace and Lynnwood schools.

“Transportation safety personnel from Edmonton Public Schools and Golden Arrow are on site and parents of the children involved are being contacted directly,” she said. “Safety is our top priority, both at school and on the bus.”

Eleven kids and one adult were injured Thursday, May 23, 2019 when a school bus crashed into a retaining wall on Whitemud Drive.

Eleven kids and one adult were injured Thursday, May 23, 2019 when a school bus crashed into a retaining wall on Whitemud Drive.

Video from Global 1 news helicopter showed a number of ambulances lined up along the shoulder of the busy freeway as a group of children huddled on the grass.

Multi vehicle collision including a school bus that hit a retaining wall WB Whitemud approaching 149 Street. Stay left. #yegtraffic pic.twitter.com/fZUb1Ioo0y

“He claims that a motor transport vehicle had come across and caught the front left of the school bus,” said Brian Hauptman, who is responsible for school bus operations. “He maneuvered the bus to get out of its way and struck the wall.

“I am relieved to hear that the students from Edmonton Public Schools and the bus driver are safe and we are all hoping for a speedy recovery for those who sustained minor injuries and were taken to hospital,” Adriana LaGrange said in a statement.

According to City of Edmonton traffic cameras, at 10 a.m., westbound traffic could be seen backed up to Terwillegar Drive.