Two school buses slide in the ditch

A person, presumably the driver, checks this school bus after sliding in the ditch on County Road 2 near Cooper Marsh, east of Cornwall, on Jan. 9, 2015. (Ryan Flaro via Newswatch Group, File)

CORNWALL – A blast of wintry weather is proving to make it a challenging commute this morning…even for school bus drivers.

A van-style bus slid in the ditch on Highway 401 near Power Dam Drive (mile marker 786) this morning.

SD&G O.P.P. Const. Joel Doiron tells Cornwall Newswatch there were no kids on the bus at the time and the van was pulled out.

Doiron says there are more reports of cars in the ditch in Dundas as a snowsquall warning is in effect for our region as of 8:30 a.m.

Another larger school bus went in the ditch on County Road 2 near Cooper Marsh, east of Cornwall, after a witness says the bus driver was cut off by a car.

Reports from the scene suggest everyone is okay.

Meanwhile, the Upper Canada District School Board reported on its Facebook page that buses to Longue Sault Public School were cancelled this morning.

The board was also taking sharp criticism on its Facebook page from parents about why it didn’t choose to cancel buses today.

“Please remember that decisions regarding bus cancellations are made by a group of people who use the information available to make the decision to the best of their ability…Parents have the final say as to whether or not to send their child to school,” a UCDSB spokesperson wrote on its Facebook page.

Student Transportation of Eastern Ontario – the transportation consortium for the public and Catholic schools – also reported numerous delays for school buses in the region.

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