UPDATE: Bus, tractor-trailer collide near Lancaster – serious injuries reported

UPDATE: Bus, tractor-trailer collide near Lancaster – serious injuries reported

CORNWALL, Ontario – OPP are investigating a tragic accident on Highway 401 near Lancaster after a double-decker Megabus and tractor-trailer collided resulting in numerous injuries – some serious.

Police said the accident happened at around 2:30 p.m. and suggested via Twitter that nearly two dozen were injured.

Social media posts suggest an air-ambulance was called in to ferry injured victims from the scene.

One of the victims, a woman, suffered life-threatening injuries, said police.

“There are numerous injuries involved,” OPP said in a statement.

The Township of South Glengarry issued a State of Emergency when a double-decker Coach Canada Megabus and a tractor trailer collided. South Glengarry Fire Services, OPP and EMS were at the scene of the accident.

The Megabus, travelling to Kingston and Toronto from Montreal, was carrying 45 passengers at the time of the accident. Of those passengers, 19 were transported to Glengarry Memorial Hospital, six were transported to Cornwall Community Hospital and one was transported by air ambulance to Ottawa. All passengers have been accounted for and there were no fatalities.

The remaining 18 non-injured passengers were transported to South Glengarry’s Emergency Shelter at the Char-Lan Recreation Centre in Williamstown, where staff members from the Red Cross and Social Services were on hand to register and care for passengers. Coach Canada dispatched two buses to the Emergency Shelter to transport the passengers to Montreal and Kingston.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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