“They were southbound, went off-road right. Two are deceased. The rest have been transported back to Port Alberni with various degrees of injuries. I think there are two with serious injuries.”
Two dead, several seriously injured in Vancouver Island bus rollover
RCMP along with several ambulances, firefighters, and helicopters are also on scene. A community centre in Port Alberni has been set up for crash victims who are not injured.
“The analyst is on scene right now, once we extricate the bus and the bodies, we’re looking late morning or early afternoon. The bus is about 20 metres down the embankment,” said Pennington.
PAFD responding to a bus rollover between Port Alberni and Bamfield. Details are unclear at this moment. Resources from PAFD, BCEHS, 19 Wing and RCMP are all en route or on scene. #portalberni #bamfield
JRCC had tasked two Cormorant helicopters and one Buffalo SAR aircraft from 442 Squadron in Comox to assist with the rescue.
Burneau also says the JRCC sent two Cormorant helicopters and one Buffalo search and rescue aircraft from 442 Squadron in Comox to help with the rescue effort.
Two people have died after being airlifted to hospital following a bus rollover between Port Alberni and Bamfield on Vancouver Island, the Canadian Press reports.
The @cityportalberni has opened a Reception Centre for all uninjured individuals involved in the bus incident on Bamfield Main #portalberni #bamfield
B.C. Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) says a third patient is in serious condition, and other bus passengers have sustained minor injuries.
The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre (JRCC) Victoria says it was called to help by BCEHS just after 10 p.m. PT Friday.
A rescue co-ordinator with the centre says between 35 and 45 people are believed to have been on the bus when it crashed on a gravel road, about 1.6 kilometres west of Francis Lake.
He says the Port Alberni Fire Department transported 35 others to another hospital for minor injuries or as a precaution.
The JRCC deployed two helicopters and a search and rescue aircraft from Canadian Forces Base Comox to airlift patients from the scene.
The fire department says the City of Port Alberni has opened a reception centre for all uninjured bus passengers on Bamfield Main road.
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