A school bus carrying 17 passengers (2 adults and 15 kids) slid into a ditch and overturned late Friday afternoon on the south coast of Newfoundland. Three of the young passengers were sent to hospital in nearby Harbour Breton with minor injuries. The bus was en route to Hermitage, carrying cadets from English Harbour West.

According to cadet captain Lt.(N) Myra Herritt, who was also a paramedic on the scene, there was a considerable amount of snow build-up on the road at around 4:30 p.m., when the accident occurred. She also says the slope where the bus left the road, known as Rubbles (located approximately 5 kilometres outside of Hermitage), is a notoriously dangerous hill for drivers.

“It’s a really bad area,” Herritt says. “It’s long overdue to be fixed and unfortunately it might take something like this to get it fixed.”

Herritt was helping supervise the group of cadets at noon on Saturday, during a weekend of activities in Hermitage. She says the kids were shook up after the accident, but are in good spirits today.

“Obviously it’s a bit of an upsetting ordeal, but everybody’s fine.”

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A school bus carrying 17 passengers (2 adults and 15 cadets) slid into a ditch and overturned late Friday afternoon on the South Coast. An adult passenger on the bus said three of the young cadets were sent to hospital with minor injuries. The bus was en route to Hermitage from English Harbour West. Updates to follow.