One dead, 12 injured in fiery bus/truck crash near McBride – BC News

1 dead, 12 injured in crash

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The RCMP says one person has died and 12 others have been injured after a semi-trailer truck collided with a passenger bus in northeastern British Columbia on Saturday afternoon.

Police say in a press release that Mounties of the McBride Detachment, as well as other local emergency personnel, responded to the crash on Highway 16 just before 1:30 p.m.

RCMP Sgt. Janelle Shoihet says both vehicles were reportedly engulfed in flames and the man driving the truck died at the scene just west of McBride, near the Alberta border.

She said in the press release that 12 people from the bus, including the driver, were taken to hospital with injuries ranging from minor to serious. Shoihet also notes that three of the injured were taken to hospital by a passing motorist before police arrived.

While the investigation into the cause of the crash is still in its early stages, police say it appears the eastbound semi lost control and collided with the westbound bus.

No further information was immediately released about the accident, as a result of which the highway was closed in both directions for several hours.

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