Hospital put on alert following bus crash near Cache Creek

Staff at Royal Inland Hospital are expected to treat numerous patients on Tuesday afternoon following a reported bus crash near Cache Creek.

B.C. Emergency Health Services said on Twitter that at about noon, paramedics were called to a school bus crash near the village and that 12 patients were being cared for and triaged, none with life-threatening injuries and all in stable condition.

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The agency said paramedics cared for and triaged all patients on scene: eight patients were transported to the hospital, with one patient taken via air ambulance in critical, non-life-threatening condition. The remaining seven patients were transported by ground ambulance.

According to the Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal, School District 57 has confirmed the people involved in the crash north of Cache Creek are members of the College Heights girls volleyball team from Prince George.

The team was travelling to Powell River to take part in the B.C. High School Volleyball Championships.

Ten children and two adults were on board the bus when it went into a ditch just before noon.

RIH was under a code orange alert (expecting mass casualties) for a short time after the crash.

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