Injury avoided in bus accident at busy beach parking lot
Nobody was injured in a freak accident at one of the North Okanagan’s busiest locations.
A 35-year-old woman from Saskatchewan was driving a small school bus with her six children in the parking lot at Kal Beach shortly after 2:30 p.m. Wednesday when the bus stalled, then lost all of its brakes, including the emergency brake, and began to roll backwards.
A Vernon man was driving behind the bus when it started coming at him, and he turned his truck left in an attempt to avoid a collision.
The bus struck the right rear of his F350 truck and continued on though the parking lot striking a Toyota Sienna van that had been parked there earlier, pushing it through a chain link fence and causing severe damage to the van.
“The parking lot is usually very busy with families coming and going to the beach at this time of day and it is extremely fortunate that nobody was hurt,” said Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.
An RCMP officer completed his investigation and ordered that the bus be taken out of service until it passes a mechanical safety inspection.