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Updated… Student seriously injured following a two vehicle crash near Castlegar…

The 19 year-old female student has passed away. This has been confirmed as BC Premier John Horgan has said the following…

“I was deeply saddened to learn of a serious bus accident involving students from Quebec attending an English-language program at Selkirk College in Castlegar. Sadly, one young life was lost and many others were left with injuries. My thoughts are with these students, their loved ones and the Selkirk College community at this difficult time.

“We are in contact with the Government of Quebec to offer any assistance necessary to ensure families can be with their loved ones. Counselling and trauma support is also being made available for everyone involved. 

“I want to thank emergency and health personnel who responded to this incident, ensuring those affected get the care and support they need. An investigation is underway to help determine the cause of the crash so we can work to prevent future accidents of this nature.”

CASTLEGAR, BC: A 19-year-old woman from Quebec remains in serious condition following a crash involving a transit bus and a courier van late last week…

Police say on June 30, 2022, a Purolator courier van collided with a BC Transit bus on Highway 3A near Castlegar leaving a 19-year-old* student passenger in grave condition on life support.

The collision took place just after 4:30 pm, when the BC Transit Bus headed eastbound on Highway 3A was sideswiped by an oncoming Purolator courier cube van. There were 16 students visiting from Quebec as part of a program at Selkirk College that were among the passengers. One of those, a 19-year-old female, was seriously injured as she sat next to the window where the van hit.

The driver of the courier van remained at the scene. After classmates attempted life-saving first aid, the injured student was transported to Trail Regional Hospital then Kelowna General Hospital where she remains on life support, although she is not expected to survive.

Highway 3A was closed for several hours while police from BC Highway Patrol, Castlegar Detachment, and the Collision Analyst & Reconstruction Service gathered evidence and recovered the vehicles involved.

RCMP Victim Assistance and counsellors from Selkirk College have started the task of helping the involved students.

As BC Highway Patrol Nelson are attempting to determine why the courier driver crossed over the center line, they are looking for anyone, including anyone with dashboard camera video of pre-collision driving.

Video from the BC Transit bus showed three vehicles, a blue 2 door coupe, a silver SUV, and an older grey Pathfinder, driving behind the courier driver who may have specific information.

Anyone with information is asked to contact BC Highway Patrol Nelson at 250-354-5180 and cite file 2022-3153.

*confirmed age is 19. In an earlier release it stated the woman was 18 years-old.

Released by BC Highway Patrol

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