Archive for Saturday, April 28, 2001

Four U.S. students die in bus crash

April 28, 2001


— A bus filled with Massachusetts students on an overnight trip to Canada skidded off a highway exit and flipped several times, killing four children and injuring dozens early Friday.

Two girls and two boys among 42 middle school students on a music trip from Newton, Mass. were killed, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said.

Thirty-six others were hurt, most of whom were treated at a hospital for bumps and bruises and released, officials said. Three students and one adult remained hospitalized Friday, but their injuries were not life-threatening.

Many parents flew on charter flights to Nova Scotia to reunite with their children, who had gathered at a hospital in Saint John. It wasn't immediately clear what made the bus go out of control, flip several times and skid to a halt on its side in Sussex, about 40 miles northeast of Saint John, investigators said.

Police said the bus appeared to have taken the wrong exit off the Trans-Canada Highway. The bus was en route to Halifax, six hours away, but instead exited toward Fredericton.

Weather did not appear to be a factor. Police do not know how fast the bus was going, and there was no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Staff Sgt. Dave Brown said.

The children, 10- to 13-year-olds from Oak Hill Middle School, were on their way to Gaetz Brook Junior High School outside Halifax to participate in a band concert.

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