Bus crash closes B.C.'s Sea-to-Sky Highway; 2 seriously hurt

SQUAMISH, B.C. -- A head-on collision involving a packed charter bus has sent two people to hospital after temporarily closing down a bustling coastal highway in British Columbia.

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Squamish RCMP spokeswoman Sgt. Jolaine Percival says both the operator of a Pacific Coach Lines bus and the driver of another vehicle were seriously injured when the vehicles collided along the Sea-to-Sky Highway, between Vancouver and Whistler.

The bus driver was airlifted to hospital, while the other driver was taken away in an ambulance.

There were 50 people on the bus at the time, but police received no reports of any additional injuries.

Company says 49 passengers on board Pacific Coach bus that crashed north of Squamish. Driver in serious condition: 2 others minor injuries

— CTV Bhinder Sajan (@BhinderSajan) December 23, 2015

The incident took place around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and left the larger vehicle obstructing the southbound lane.

Percival says the highway has since reopened but only intermittently for single-lane traffic.

#BCHwy99 CLOSED 20 KM N/of #Squamish. Estimated Opening: 5PM. 1PM Update. https://t.co/0oYjVJXjscpic.twitter.com/SYbhiPQefI

— Drive BC (@DriveBC) December 23, 2015


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