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Ice fall strikes travelling bus

A look at the aftermath of the damage caused to the greyhound bus Feb. 4. - Lewis McLoed PHOTO
A look at the aftermath of the damage caused to the greyhound bus Feb. 4.
— image credit: Lewis McLoed PHOTO

A HUGE chunk of ice that fell on a westbound Greyhound bus, damaging its front end and injuring two people, was unprecedented.

Ministry of Transportation's Don Ramsay said the accident took place at 35 Mile – CN Rail measures its tracks in miles and this spot is 35 miles west from Terrace – about 55 km west of town, past Exchamsiks and past Carwash rock.

β€œOn occasion, there has been ice on the road but the amount that came down on Friday was unprecedented,” he said.

Around 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4, a bus travelling west was struck and damaged on its front end by a huge chunk of ice that fell on it from a rock face along a narrow section of the highway.

The bus driver was injured but the eight passengers on the bus were not hurt.

A short time afterward, a car slammed into the back of the trailer that the bus was pulling. The driver was reportedly injured.

Police managed to stop a train that was due to pass by.

The RCMP shut down the road and called for flaggers and emergency response crews, said Ramsay, adding the road was closed down from around 8 p.m. to about 10 or 10:30 p.m..

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