Eight people injured in July 30 bus crash in Wellington North

WELLINGTON NORTH – Eight people were injured on Thursday when a small bus carrying 18 passengers rolled into a ditch.

Emergency crews responded to the single-vehicle crash on Wellington Road 16, east of Mount Forest in former West Luther township, on July 30 at about 6:45am.

The bus came to rest on its side in a ditch, stated Wellington County OPP officials.

“Eight individuals sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the crash and were taken to hospitals in Mount Forest and Palmerston for treatment,” police say.

“Ornge air ambulance later transported three of the eight injured parties to a Hamilton hospital for additional care.”

Chris Harrow, Wellington North’s director of fire services, said firefighters from the Arthur and Mount Forest stations responded.

“OPP and ambulance were already on scene when we arrived,” Harrow said in an interview.

“We made access holes in the bus so paramedics could remove people from the bus.”

He noted no other vehicles were involved in the incident, adding, “I don’t know the cause.”

Wellington Road 16, from Wellington Road 15 to 12 Line, was closed for several hours, reopening close to 1pm.

Police are still investigating and anyone with information can call police at 1-888-310-1122.

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