A Northern Health Connections bus had a minor collision with a semi-truck along Highway 16 between Prince Rupert and Terrace, on Jan. 10.
There were no reported injuries on the bus carrying 12 passengers and one driver, Eryn Collins, communications manager for Northern Health, said.
The incident occurred when the bus was pulled over so the driver could install chains, Collins said. The vehicle’s collided at Agate Creek at the 58 Km mark from Prince Rupert, Const. Brody Hemrich, said.
Another Northern Health Connections bus was brought to the site to pick up the passengers and continue to Terrace, but was turned around back to Prince Rupert due to the ongoing highway conditions.
Affected passengers were provided with overnight hotel accommodations and food vouchers.Another bus, on the morning of Jan. 11, departed Prince Rupert to complete the the regular route to Prince George, Collins said.
The driver of the semi was also reported to have no injuries, Hemrich said.
On Jan. 10 Highway 16 was closed during parts of the day between the two cities due to hazardous, icy, road conditions.
The Connections bus departed at 8 a.m. and would not have proceeded to travel up the highway if the closure was in effect at the time, Collins said.
A travel advisory is still in effect for Highway 16 between Prince Rupert and Terrace due to freezing rain with DriveBC not recommending travel along this stretch until it is safe to do so again.
Norman Galimski, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Prince Rupert Northern View