Update: Perth County OPP have charged a 59-year-old Lucan man in connection with an accident involving a school bus Friday morning that sent one student to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The driver of the Grand Am has been charged with careless driving, failing to stop for a school bus with red lights flashing, driving without a licence, and driving without a validated permit. He will appear in Stratford court on January 14.
"This collision is reminder to all motorists that school bus safety is vitally important," reads an OPP press release. "The injuries to the student were fortunately minor in nature however the potential was there for serious injuries or death. During the times students are travelling to and from school and school busses are out, drivers need to slow down and pay that extra attention."
Police are reminding motorists they must stop when approaching a stopped school bus with its upper red lights flashing and "stop" arm extended. Drivers must remain stopped until the red lights have stopped flashing, the "stop" arm retracts and the bus begins to move. Failing to do this will result in a fine. For a first offence it will range from $400 to $2,000 plus six demerit points.
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A male high school student was taken to hospital Friday morning with non-life threatening injuries after being struck by a vehicle while waiting to board a school bus.
Perth County OPP were called to a collision on Line 26 west of Highway 7 south of Stratford shortly after 8 a.m.
According to police, a school bus was stopped in the eastbound lane of Line 26 in front of a rural lane way, where a student was waiting to be picked up, when an eastbound Pontiac Grand Am struck the rear right corner of the bus. The car spun around and struck the student.
The students on the bus and both drivers were uninjured.
Police continue to investigate.