Overheated brakes on a school bus are being blamed for noxious fumes that sent 15 elementary school children to hospital for assessment Thursday morning.
“Overheated brakes … are the probable cause of the nausea and respiratory problems suffered by the 15 children from Lamoureux school,” the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est said in a tweet.
Paramedics reported that up to 40 children were aboard the bus as it arrived at the school on Kaladar Avenue in the Ridgemont area Thursday morning.
A total of 15 children aged six to 12 were taken to hospital with symptoms including a cough, shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting.
Our #Emergency team is examining 15 children, ages 3 to 12, after they started feeling unwell (nausea, vomiting and coughing) on their school bus. All are doing well so far – our thanks the first responders @OttawaParamedic. pic.twitter.com/OmK35TfJOo
Paramedics stress the children are all in stable condition and were taken to CHEO for monitoring. The kids taken to the hospital are between 6 and 12 years old.
Paramedic service spokesman Marc-Antoine Deschamps said that while the children were “obviously scared,” none of the symptoms appeared serious and that they were able to get off the vehicle quickly.
Children not taken to hospital returned to their classes as usual, the board reported. The board also said a social worker was on site if there were any questions or concerns.
Firefighters, police and paramedics also converged on École Élémentaire Catholique Lamoureux.
Minor injuries only after up to 40 children exposed to unknown substance on school bus on Kaladar. Several showing nausea, vomiting and coughing. 15 children ages 6-12yo being transported to hospital all in stable condition for monitoring only. #ottnews pic.twitter.com/8bRTue6StA
Road closure for a Hazmat investigation at a school in the 2500 block of Kaladar Ave. We are shutting down Kaladar from Brookfield to Dartmouth. Please avoid area. #otttraffic #ottnews
Hazmat team & firefighters called to scene 2500blk of Kaladar Avenue & Brookfield Rd East for persons exhibiting symptoms. Collaborating with @OttawaParamedic service to manage the scene & assess persons. Yield for emergency vehicles operating in the area #ottnews #otttraffic pic.twitter.com/dpThr7KzvT
More than a dozen children on their way to school became ill due to an "unknown substance" aboard their school bus Thursday morning, emergency officials said.
Fifteen of the 40 children aboard the bus were taken to hospital as a precaution, paramedics said. All the patients were between six and 12 years old.
The bus was on its way to nearby école Lamoureux, according to the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE), eastern Ontario's French Catholic school board.
The Ottawa Fire Services hazmat team was also on the scene, but didn't find anything noxious or dangerous, said spokesperson Danielle Cardinal.
She said the driver did everything right by getting the children off the bus safely and calmly when some of them became ill.
The bus was taken to a garage to be examined. The school board later said there might be a problem with the vehicle's brakes.
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