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15 hurt, two seriously, after tour bus collides with tractor trailer

45 passengers were on the bus at the time of the accident on Highway 401 in Ontario

LANCASTER, Ont. — Two people were airlifted to hospital with serious injuries and at least 15 were hurt after a crash between a double-decker tour bus and a tractor-trailer on Highway 401 in eastern Ontario, police said Tuesday.

About 45 passengers were on the bus at the time of the accident, police said.

Paramedics and firefighters were at the scene tending to the injured.

“Megabus can confirm that one of our vehicles travelling from Montreal to Kingston, Ont., was involved in an incident near Lancaster, Ont.,” Sean Hughes, director of corporate affairs for North America, said in an email to The Canadian Press.

“Safety is our No. 1 priority and Megabus is fully co-operating with the authorities with their investigation into the incident.”

Hughes said the bus was headed to Toronto.

Tweeted photos appeared to show the damaged bus pressed up against trees on the side of the highway. They also showed a tractor-trailer with a damaged back end.

The collision shut down a stretch of the westbound lanes of the 401, the main artery through the region, near Lancaster, east of Cornwall, Ont.

Police had few details and refused to speculate on the cause of the crash., a subsidiary of Paramus, N.J.-based Coach USA, is one of the largest privately funded providers of city-to-city express bus transportation.

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