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No injuries after school buses slide off the road Thursday morning (update)

'The intensity of the storm does seem to be a bit more than what was forecasted,' said Halifax Regional School Board spokesperson Doug Hadley
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A photo posted to Facebook by Jason Dain shows a bus stuck on Buckingham by Abbey (Photo courtesy of Jason Dain/Facebook)

RCMP say there are no injuries after two school buses slid off of Hammonds Plains Road during the morning commute.

Cpl. Dal Hutchinson said officers were called to the Tantallon area at 8:38 a.m. Thursday.

"Halifax District RCMP were dispatched to two school buses that slid off the road at a sharp turn," he said.

Hutchinson said at least one of the buses was fully loaded with students, but no one was hurt.

A photo posted to Facebook also shows a bus stuck on Buckingham by Abbey in the Stillwater Lake area.

An emailed statement from Stock Transportation's chief operating officer Terri Lowe says getting students to school safely is their top priority.

She said company officials started reviewing road reports and weather conditions before 5 a.m., then decided to "proceed with caution."

"Weather conditions changed, and the roads became icy," she said in the statement. "Two of our drivers made a decision to stop and pull over, as is in their judgment to do to ensure safety. Students were transferred to two other buses and were delivered safely to school."

Earlier this morning, the Halifax Regional School Board listed the following reasons for not closing schools:

  • Between 5-10 cm of snow expected, with only 5 cm expected at the coast and on low lying areas.
  • Snow turning over to rain as early as 10 am in some areas of HRM. Turnover to rain expected in the afternoon for eastern areas of HRSB.
  • HRM Operations have been proactive with anti-icing measures and Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal dispatching vehicles for salting. At 5:30 am, snow was melting on pavement.
  • Stock advised that buses could operate today with drivers using discretion if necessary before travelling on some roads due to local conditions.

"We knew it was going to be a slippery day," said board spokesperson Doug Hadley. "The intensity of the storm does seem to be a bit more than what was forecasted. Generally speaking, we believe it was safe to operate today."

Many have taken to social media to criticize the choice to keep schools open, but Hadley said those judgments are being made hours after the initial decision.

RCMP said police have responded to multiple crashes throughout Halifax Regional Municipality.

"Just reminding people to adjust their speed accordingly," said Cpl. Hutchinson.

Environment Canada ended their special weather statement for Halifax just before 4 p.m.




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