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Youth may be charged in B.C. school bus crash

01/24/2012 02:23 EST | Updated 03/25/2012 05:12 EDT

The RCMP are considering charges against the young driver of a minivan that crashed head-on into a school bus near Chase, B.C., Monday afternoon.

Fourteen people were taken to hospitals in Kamloops and Salmon Arm, said Kamloops-Thompson School District superintendent Terry Sullivan.

Of the 14, 11 are elementary and secondary school students, and three others were travelling in the minivan. No one was seriously hurt.

"We are concerned about the students although we were told that none of the injuries were life threatening and none of them appeared to be serious last evening," said Sullivan Tuesday morning. "I certainly won't rest easy until I've heard from hospitals that that is the case."

As of Tuesday afternoon, all 14 people had been released.

Sullivan initially said 34 students were on the bus when an oncoming van slid into the bus going around a corner on a back road.

He later revised that number, saying officials first thought the bus was full at the time of the crash, but only 23 students were actually on board.

The impact left the school bus inoperable and it had to be towed from the crash site, said Sullivan.

Young minivan driver may be charged

Chase RCMP Sgt. Gary Heebner said officers are considering charges against the minivan's driver — a youth driving without a license and going too fast for the road conditions.

"The collision reconstructionist will be looking at things like the condition of the tires of the vehicle and its stopping ability, the road conditions, the amount of traction the vehicle would have had and so on, but speed definitely plays into this," said Heebner.

He said victim services counsellors are meeting with parents and students at the high school in Chase on Tuesday.

Heebner expects officers will decide if charges will be laid against the young driver within the next week.

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