PEACE RIVER, Alta. - A school bus driver who was killed in a head-on crash in northwestern Alberta has been identified.
The Peace River School Division says in a statement that Dellis Partridge was friendly, positive and caring.
The head-on crash happened north of Grimshaw on Monday morning as the bus was taking 14 students to classes at elementary and high schools in the Peace River area.
The division says six students had minor injuries, seven had more serious injuries and one was flown to Edmonton and is in intensive care in stable condition.
Partridge's family is thanking everyone who gave them support and is sending their thoughts and prayers to the children on the bus that day, as well as the driver of the truck involved in the crash.
The family says in a statement they had no idea Partridge had touched so many lives.
“We are wanting to express our sincerest appreciation and gratitude for the thoughts and prayers from every single person. For the flowers, food, cards and support. We always knew he was the best. But we didn't know how many lives he had actually touched," the family says.
The school division says many of the students injured have returned to school.
"Dellis was highly regarded by fellow school bus drivers and described as a reliable, soft spoken, diligent, conscientious driver who was dedicated to safety, procedure and protocol," the school division says.
The school division says counsellors continue to be on-site to support our students, bus drivers, school staff and families.
Partridge's funeral is set for Monday afternoon at the Royal Canadian Legion in Grimshaw.
A preliminary investigation shows the truck was in the outside northbound lane and the school bus was going south, then crossed the centre line. There was a snow-sleet mix in the area at the time of the crash.
Grimshaw is about 600 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.