Police warn drivers to watch for kids as summer begins

Three kindergarten-age students were taken to hospital as a precaution after their bus was in a collision with a pickup truck in Hamilton Thursday morning. (CBC)

Three kindergarten-aged children were taken to hospital with minor injuries after a collision involving their school bus and a pickup truck Thursday morning.

Hamilton police Const. Jerome Stewart said officers were called to the crash near the corner of Balmoral Avenue North and Cannon Street East around 10 a.m.

Three “very young” students from Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Elementary School were taken to hospital as a precaution, he added.

“When we consider the age group of the kids it’s better to be safe than to be sorry,” Stewart explained.

A spokesperson for the Hamitlon-Wentworth Catholic District School Board said the bus was headed to Dofasco Park. She added all parents were notified after the crash and that six students reported “soreness.”

“As with any school bus accident, we take the safety and well-being of our students very seriously,” wrote Marnie Jadon in an email to CBC News.

Summer means more kids on the street

The bus was packed with 36 kids and adult chaperones at the time of the collision, according to Hamilton EMS Supt. Dave Thompson.

Police are continuing to investigate the crash, but they believe the truck driver is at fault, said Stewart.

The officer added as school ends, police are issuing a warning everyone on the road to be on the lookout.

“We’re going to have a lot more young people on the sidewalks and on the parks and in situations where they’re going to be around motor vehicles … and we want to make sure drivers are aware the kids are out there.”

Source: CBC News