Tourist dies after serious Hwy. 401 bus crash near Prescott

Glen Norman
June 7, 2018

Multiple people have been seriously injured in a bus crash on Highway 401 in eastern Ontario near Prescott.

Officers say a bus carrying 37 people - the driver, a tour guide and 35 Chinese tourists - drove off Highway 401 between Brockville and Prescott and hit a rock cut at the side of the road.

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. A number of victims suffered serious injuries, including 5 people who are listed in critical condition.

An emergency group found the bus in a ditch alongside the highway and no other vehicle was involved, the source added. The hospital said it had a Mandarin translator on site to support the patients.

The Chinese Embassy said on Twitter that it was "very concerned" about the condition of the injured passengers and is now working together with the canadian authorities.

"Another patient is being sent to Kingston Health Sciences Centre via Ornge", the hospital said.

Two ORNGE air ambulances, one plane, and several ground ambulances were rushed to the scene, said ORNGE spokesman Joshua McNamara.

Spokeswoman Abby McIntyre told The Canadian Press that all the patients the hospital had received were "Mandarin speaking".

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