Driver in Petrolia car/bus crash released from hospital


The driver of a car who was taken to hospital after a car and bus collided in heavy fog near Petrolia Thursday morning has been released.

Firefighters from Petrolia and Oil Springs and Lambton OPP were called to Petrolia Line near Forest Road around 8:30. A small car could be seen under the rear end of the school bus. Photos from the Petrolia North Enniskillen Fire Department show the airbags inside the car had deployed.

Heavy, patchy fog blanketed the area at the time of the accident. Petrolia/North Enniskillen Fire Chief Jay Arns says visibility at the time of the accident was so bad, firefighters didn’t see the accident until it was 20 feet in front of them.

Officials say the driver of the car was taken to the hospital as a precaution and was released after two hours.

Arns says there were three Hillcrest students on the bus at the time. The young boys were taken into the fire rescue truck to stay warm and then were given a lift to school in the truck once the accident had been cleared up.