Two students dead, several seriously injured in Vancouver Island bus rollover – CTV News

Two students dead, several seriously injured in Vancouver Island bus rollover - CTV News
2 people dead, 3 seriously injured in bus rollover near Port Alberni, B.C.
PORT ALBERNI, B.C. — The University of Victoria says two of its students died and several others were injured after a bus rolled over on Vancouver Island.

The university says in a statement that it was notified on Friday night about the rollover and that the bus was travelling to the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre.

The two individuals were pronounced dead fairly quickly at the scene, Owens said. Three people with critical and serious injuries had to be extricated from the bus, he said. The remaining passengers were able to scramble out of the bus and get up the embankment themselves.

The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria says the incident happened on a gravel road between the communities of Port Alberni and Bamfield and that it received a call for assistance at around 10 p.m.

Air Force Capt. David Burneau says three people were airlifted to a hospital in Victoria with serious or critical injuries.

The universitys president, Jamie Cassels, says he offers his condolences to the students families and that counselling services will be offered to those affected.

UVic students among victims of fatal Vancouver Island bus rollover

The first of the patients from the Bamfield bus crash have arrived at West Coast General Hospital in Port Alberni. A reception centre has been opened by the city for those who were uninsured. They have not yet arrived at the centre. Between 35-40 people believed to be onboard pic.twitter.com/3CtHCqgLLg

The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria says the incident happened on a gravel road between the communities of Port Alberni and Bamfield and that it received a call for assistance about 10 p.m.

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

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 UVic students killed in Vancouver Island bus rollover

The @cityportalberni has opened a Reception Centre for all uninjured individuals involved in the bus incident on Bamfield Main #portalberni #bamfield

Air Force Capt. David Burneau says three people were airlifted to a hospital in Victoria with serious or critical injuries.

Any family members looking for additional information please contact RCMP dispatch at 250-723-2424 #portalberni #bamfield

He says the Port Alberni Fire Department transported 35 others to another hospital for minor injuries or as a precaution.

Two UVic students killed in rollover bus crash near Bamfield on Vancouver Island

Two University of Victoria students have died and three people are seriously injured following a bus rollover between Port Alberni and Bamfield on Vancouver Island, says the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Cpt. David Burneau with the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre (JRCC) in Victoria said Saturday morning that two passengers died on scene and another three with serious or critical injuries were airlifted to hospital in Victoria. 

Burneau said 40 people were believed to have been on the bus when it crashed on a gravel road near the Carmanah Main Junction, about 1.6 kilometres west of Francis Lake.

“Our immediate concern is with the passengers, the driver and their families,” the company said. “Management and ownership is working with authorities and the University of Victoria to address those immediate concerns.”

The other 35 passengers had no or mild injuries and were treated at a reception centre opened by the Bamfield Main road by the city of Port Alberni, he said.

“They were southbound, went off-road right. Two are deceased,” Pennington said. “The rest have been transported back to Port Alberni with various degrees of injuries. I think there are two with serious injuries.”

The University of Victoria said on Twitter it is "deeply saddened" by the death of the students, who were on their way to the Bamfield Marine Science Centre. 

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Two dead, three seriously injured in Vancouver Island bus rollover

Barbara Hawkins, chair of the university's biology department, said the crash was a "terrible tragedy."

“Our heartfelt thoughts go out to the students families and loved ones, to whom we offer our sincerest condolences. We also grieve with those closest to these members of our campus community, including roommates, friends, classmates and professors who were in contact with them during their time on campus.”

Port Alberni Chief Administrative Officer Tim Pley said the gravel road the bus was on is a "fair difficult, challenging stretch of road" and the community has been calling for improvements to it for years. 

Two dead, several seriously injured in bus rollover near Port Alberni

Pley said the students on the bus who weren't injured were placed in hotels in Port Alberni for the night.

It’s believed the two students were killed at the scene of the crash. Another three people were airlifted to hospital in Victoria, where they remain in critical or serious condition according to the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria.

Earlier reports said the two passengers who died were airlifted to hospital, but Burneau later said it was the seriously injured passengers who were.

The JRCC deployed two helicopters and a search and rescue aircraft from Canadian Forces Base Comox to airlift patients from the scene. 

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