Sixty-nine people, most of whom are children, were sent to hospital after two school buses caught fire off of Highway 640 close to St-Eustache this morning.
The fire started after an accident involving both buses and another vehicle occurred just before Exit 11.
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Québec 511 confirmed that all the children and both bus drivers safely evacuated the vehicles.
Précision et suivi — #A640 ouest à Saint-Eustache, avant la sortie 11 (#R148), fermeture complète// accident impliquant un véhicule et 2 autobus scolaires en feu dans l’AD // tous les enfants sont sortis // VD libérée pour décongestionner le secteur // VG entravée
— Québec 511 (@Qc511_Mtl) July 23, 2019
The Sûreté du Québec confirmed to Daily Hive that none of the 69 people taken to hospital were treated for life-threatening injuries.
Urgences-Santé paramedic Michel Thibodeau shared dashcam footage of the accident’s aftermath to Facebook, at just after 10 am this morning.
According to officials, the three-vehicle accident occurred when one of the buses, trailing a car, failed to slow down before rear-ending the vehicle. The second bus then collided with the first, and both erupted in flames.
None of the drivers involved in the accident were injured.