Police investigate hockey team's bus rollover

PAMELA ROTH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:22 PM ET

EDMONTON - Although bad weather is likely to blame, Mounties in Hinton, Alta., continue to investigate what exactly caused a bus carrying an Edmonton hockey team to slide off the highway and flip into the ditch Sunday.

Two people were seriously injured when the charter bus was heading west on Highway 16 around 1:15 p.m. when it flipped 25 km east of the town after sliding into the eastbound lanes on the icy roads.

Staff Sgt. Blair McDonald of the Hinton RCMP said the slick road conditions were a significant contributing factor, but police are still in the process of interviewing witnesses and passengers to determine what exactly happened.

Police are waiting to talk to the bus driver, who was one of the two people seriously injured and taken to hospital, where he still remains. The extent of the driver's injuries is not known.

"It's going to take us a little longer to talk to him," said McDonald, who noted the stretch of highway is notorious for poor driving conditions in the winter.

On Sunday afternoon, the area had experienced a few hours of rain followed by a few hours of snow, turning roads into skating rinks.

Approximately 30 people were on board at the time of the rollover.

McDonald said five other people were taken to hospital for minor injuries, where they were treated and released.

Most of the players returned home Monday.

It is not known if charges will be laid at this time as the investigation continues.

Hinton is located approximately 270 km west of Edmonton.


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