DEVELOPING: One Dead In Highway 401 Collision Involving Tourism Bus
A tourist from China has died following the tour bus crash on highway 401 in Prescott.
Ontario Provincial Police report the victim was a 54-year-old man and say four other people aboard the bus remain in life-threatening condition.
The bus was carrying 37 people, the driver, a tour guide and 35 Chinese tourists, when it smashed into a rock cut along Highway 401 near Prescott Monday around 2:30 p.m.
Most patients were transported to Brockville General and the Ottawa Queensway-Carleton Hospital, where Mandarin translators were called into action.
Kemptville Hospital said it was thankful that one of their own ER doctors spoke Mandarin as it cared for patients.
Prescott Mayor Brett Todd says these accidents have become commonplace.
Todd says the Mayors of Eastern Ontario have been demanding the widening of highway 401 without "serious response from the government." He adds there's no magic solution but that "action is needed now."
This is the third major crash on that stretch of highway in just over a month.
In caring for some of the casualties of the bus accident on Hwy 401 near Prescott this afternoon, we are fortunate that one of our ER physicians speaks Mandarin. We have an interpreter onsite as well.— Kemptville Hospital (@KDHonline) June 4, 2018
It's not known yet what may have caused the single-vehicle crash. OPP continue to investigate.
The highway has since been reopened.
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