One dead following bus crash in eastern Ontario

Cheryl Sanders
June 7, 2018

Provincial police say a passenger has died of his injuries in hospital after Monday's tour bus crash on Highway 401 near Prescott.

Mr. Liang said that Union Tour Express, which has its headquarters in Peabody, Mass., and another office in New York City, has 18 buses and caters to tourists from China who are visiting North America.

The bus veered off the highway and crashed into a rock embankment on the side of the road, Hunt later added.

The Ottawa Hospital, eastern Ontario's main trauma centre, said on Twitter just before 6 p.m. that it had received three patients.

The Chinese Embassy in Ottawa said in a tweet Monday evening it was aware of the collision and "very much concerned about the conditions of the injured passengers". One of them was listed in critical condition and two were in serious but stable condition, according to the hospital.

One Ottawa-based Ornge air ambulance has made its way back to Ottawa with a patient.

"All of the people that we have received are all Mandarin speaking", spokeswoman Abby McIntyre said.

The bus belongs to travel company LLTOURTU, which is registered in the United States.

Fifteen ambulances, two helicopters and one fixed-wing aircraft have been deployed to the scene, he said, with patients taken to Ottawa and Kingston.

Police continue to investigate and the westbound lanes remain closed on Highway 401.

McIntyre said others injured in the crash are believed to be "walking wounded", who were taken to other hospitals.

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