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Mine workers injured in bus crash near Campbell River: reports

Dec 15 2011

A bus filled with workers from a mine near Campbell River flipped onto its side and crashed into a ditch on a snowy road late Wednesday, according to news reports.

As many as 12 people were hurt, suffering a variety of cuts, bruises, neck and spinal injuries, but none were believed to be in life-threatening condition, witnesses told CHEK news.

The crash occurred around 7 p.m. on Highway 28, 20 kilometres west of Campbell River.

The workers were from the Myra Falls Mine, said CHEK, located near Buttle Lake. It processes copper, lead and zinc. Two buses were transporting them away from the mine when one of them crashed in snowy and slushy conditions on the highway, CHEK reported. The bus slid to a stop on its side.

The workers pushed out a windshield and calmly exited the bus, Campbell River RCMP told CHEK.

The bus travelling ahead of the overturned bus stopped and the workers aboard assisted in the rescue.

Hwy. 28 was closed for a short time.

Campbell River RCMP did not return calls before press time. Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

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