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Pickup Collides with School Bus in Steinbach

RCMP Crest LogoChildren aboard a school bus in Steinbach weren’t injured Monday morning when a pickup truck collided with it.

RCMP responded to the corner of Highway 52 and Rockwood Street at around 8:30 a.m. where they say the bus was hit when attempting a U-turn across two eastbound lanes on Rockwood.

Fifteen children and the 73-year-old male driver weren’t injured.

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School Bus, Semi Truck Collide Near Virden

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Three children aboard a school bus near Virden Friday weren’t injured after their ride to school was hit by a semi-trailer truck.

The accident happened just before 8:30 a.m. at the intersection of Highway 41 and the Trans-Canada Highway.

RCMP say the southbound bus attempted to turn east on the Trans-Canada when the front end of the bus was struck by the eastbound semi, causing significant damage to both vehicles.

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Chilly Weather Halts City School Bus Service

School BusSchool bus service in Winnipeg wasn’t running Friday morning due to the bitterly cold temperatures.

All city school divisions issued notices informing parents and students that buses wouldn’t be running as the wind chill made it feel like -45°C outside. Schools, however, were operating as usual.

Parents are urged to keep an eye on the website of their child’s school division, or corresponding Twitter account for further information throughout the day.

By 9:30 a.m., it was -31°C with a high of -23°C predicted.

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Bus Drivers Vote in Favour of New Contract Offer

The wheels will keep rolling on school buses in the Winnipeg School Division in September.

Drivers with UFCW Local 832 ratified a new collective contract agreement with First Canada on Sunday, voting 66 percent in favour of the offer.

The three-year deal sees improvements in wages for the drivers who have moved from a flat rate to an hourly rate.

On August 13, members rejected the latest offer, causing concern for some parents in the division in regards to bus transportation for their children.

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School Bus Drivers Reject Latest Contract Offer

Bus drivers in the Winnipeg School Division may be enjoying an extra long summer holiday when September rolls around.

UFCW Local 832 members working for First Canada rejected the employer’s offer by 68 percent on Monday.

A spokesperson for the union said a number of the long-standing members felt that the new proposed wage structure would have them earning less than in the previous agreement for the same work.

The union has notified the company and the conciliation officer and hopes that both sides can meet before the contract is set to expire on August 27.

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Motorists Urged to Take Precaution as Kids Head Back to Class

By Brian Schultz

Girl (4-5) crossing street with crossing guard

As thousands of Manitoba children head back to class today, CAA and the Winnipeg police are reminding motorists to use extra precaution around school zones.

Increased child pedestrian activity and traffic congestion in and around neighborhoods and school zones is a recipe for disaster if you aren’t careful. With more than half of all students in elementary school, typically age 14 and younger, CAA warns motorists to be especially cautious and alert during the morning and afternoon hours.

“Kids are unpredictable to motorists on the best of days — darting into traffic and often failing to look both ways before crossing the street,” said Liz Peters of CAA Manitoba. “Add to that the fact that going back to school, kids are with friends and going to be excited, and drivers definitely will need to have a heightened sense of awareness as they pass through school zones.”

Peters says to look for the CAA School Safety Patrollers. With more than 10,000 patrollers at more than 275 schools in Manitoba, they’re a sure sign you’re approaching a school zone.

CAA Manitoba is also making it more safe for adults in a new program set to launch later today. The “Drive You Home” service allows members to call roadside assistance to drive them home in the event they’re ill, been in an accident or are impaired after a night out. The goal of the program is similar to the annual Operation Red Nose campaign, but will operate year-round. The service can be used once per year as part of the four annually-allotted service calls members can make.

School Bus Rear-Ended in Foggy Collision

There’s been another accident on Manitoba roads involving a school bus — this time, in the RM of Taché.

Police say a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am was travelling north on Gendron Road near the intersection of PR 405 at about 9 a.m. Thursday. The male driver attempted to pass a southbound school bus, when he noticed an oncoming northbound school bus. The driver of the Grand Am ended up in the ditch trying to avoid a head-on collision. The southbound school bus was rear-ended by a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado during the commotion, as foggy conditions were present at the time.

The occupants of the Grand Am — a 17-year-old driver and 15-year-old passenger — were not injured. The 53-year-old male driver of the Silverado was not injured, nor were the two teenagers and three adults in the school bus.

The driver of the Grand Am has been charged with passing without having a clear view.

School Bus Involved in Crash Near Neepawa

A school bus was involved in a crash at approximately 8:25 a.m. Wednesday when a Chevrolet Alero collided into the side of it.

The accident happened about 3 miles north of Neepawa on Highway 5 at the intersection of a gravel road in the RM of Rosedale.

RCMP say heavy fog and poor visibility were reported at the time.

No word yet on any injuries, as police continue to investigate.

UPDATE: 13 children were on board at the time and were taken to hospital as a precaution. None of them were injured. The driver of the vehicle, a 50-year-old woman from Winnipegosis, was taken to Neepawa Hospital, then transferred to the Health Sciences Centre. Her condition isn’t known. The male driver of the bus was not injured.

UPDATE #2: March 4 — The driver of the Alero has succumbed to her injuries. Her name is not being released.

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