MERRITT, B.C. — Dozens of tourists were injured, at least five of them critically, when a bus carrying them through a picturesque British Columbia mountain pass rolled over Thursday.
RCMP Sgt. Norm Flemming said 56 passengers suffered some sort of injury when the southbound bus crashed at about 3 p.m. on the Coquihalla Highway, about 30 kilometres south of Merritt. The area is about a three-hour drive northeast of Vancouver.
Flemming had earlier said six of the passengers were in critical condition, 15 were seriously hurt and the rest suffered bumps, bruises and cuts requiring stitches.
However, Interior Health later issued a statement saying five patients transported to hospitals in Kamloops, Kelowna and Merritt were in critical condition. Another 10 were in serious condition and 28 had non-life threatening injuries.
“We don’t have any fatalities listed yet and we’re just crossing our fingers and hoping for the best on that one,” said Flemming.
He said the cause of the accident is under investigation, noting the bus was the only vehicle involved.