One dead in tour bus crash

The Canadian Press

PRESCOTT, Ont.–Provincial police say one of the people injured in a tour bus crash in eastern Ontario yesterday has died.
They said the victim was a 54-year-old Chinese man.
Officers said 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.
Police noted 24 people were injured in the crash, four of whom remain in hospital in serious, life-threatening condition.
A truck driver who passed the scene of the crash said he could see passengers standing outside the bus who appeared to have facial injuries.
A manager at the Massachusetts-based Union Tour Express company said yesterday he was aware one of their buses was involved in the collision but could not provide any further information about the incident.
Police said they still are investigating the collision.
“It’s going to take some time to investigate,” Cst. Suzanne Runciman said.
“There’s lots of witnesses to talk to and . . . there’s mechanical things they need to took into, so it’s going to take some time before we can tell you the cause.”
The OPP will not release the name of the deceased passenger until his family has been notified, though the man’s loved ones also can request not to have his identity made public, Runciman said.

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