Bus and tractor-trailer collide on Highway 401 east of Lancaster

(Newswatch Group/File)

LANCASTER – Nineteen people (new figure) were injured after a double-decker MegaBus and a tractor-trailer collided on Highway 401 Tuesday afternoon.

South Glengarry firefighters were called just after 2:30 p.m. to a section of the westbound Highway 401, east of the weigh scales and County Road 34 (exit 814).

There were reports some of the injured were trapped in the upper deck of the bus, which is in the treeline off the highway.

A witness says an air ambulance landed on the highway around 3:22 p.m. and took off shortly after heading northwest, presumably Ottawa.

SD&G O.P.P. say 19 people (new figure) were injured and a male teen has been transported to hospital with serious injuries.

Police say a total of four patients (new figure) were airlifted to area hospitals.

Megabus Director of Corporate Affairs, Sean Hughes, says the bus was travelling from Montreal, Que. on its way to Kingston, Ont.

“Safety is our number one priority and Megabus is fully cooperating with the authorities with their investigation into the incident,” said Hughes in a statement to Cornwall Newswatch.

There were approximately 45 people on the bus.

Those that were no injured are at the Williamstown arena and will be getting alternate transportation which is being arranged, said police.

A section of Highway 401 westbound remains shut down from Bainsville to Lancaster and detours are in place.

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