UPDATE: Driver feels fortunate students were dropped off before accident

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Bay St. George RCMP

School bus driver Matilda Kerfont feels fortunate an accident she was involved in Monday afternoon occurred after she had all her students dropped off.

Kerfont and the male driver of a Chevrolet Cobalt, which she hit with the school bus, were taken to Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital to be treated for minor injuries. Both were home from hospital on Tuesday, with Kerfont saying she banged up her leg and had a sore side. She was told the man in the car had no broken bones.

The accident happened Monday afternoon at Big Cove, between Marche’s Point and Sheaves Cove on the Port au Port Peninsula.

Kerfont said the roads were clear when she went to pick up the students from school but when she topped the hill at Big Cove shortly after dropping off the last of the 42 students, she was travelling very slowly because of the snow that had fallen.

“It was impossible to go fast, but I couldn’t stop the bus from sliding and slid into the car on the downward slope,” she said. “We tried to avoid one another but couldn’t.”

Kerfont has been driving the bus full time for three years and has also been an ambulance driver for 11 years.

Through her experience, she felt the accident occurred simply because of poor road conditions at the time.

Cpl. Lori Canning of the Bay St. George RCMP said there will be no tickets issued as a result of the accident and that alcohol wasn’t a factor.

She said roads were extremely slippery with a lot of snow at the time of the accident, which was reported to police at 4:07 p.m.

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(Earlier Story)

The drivers of a car and a school bus were taken to Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital to be treated for minor injuries from an accident at Big Cove between Marche’s Point and Sheaves Cove on Monday afternoon.

Cpl. Lori Canning of the Bay St. George RCMP said there were no passengers in either vehicle and there will be no tickets issued as a result of the accident.

She said roads were extremely slippery with a lot of snow at the time of the accident, which was reported to police at 4:07 p.m., when the school bus slid across the road and hit the Cobalt model car.

The car was pulled over on the shoulder on the opposite side of the road at the time.

 

Organizations: Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital

Geographic location: Big Cove

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