Friday, August 14, 2009

22 Year Old Driving Bus With Trailer Bus involved in crash belonged to Queen's charity

NOTE: Should a 22 year old be driving a bus pulling a trailer?

Again... we have no standards, no training on how to tow.

What if the actions of this driver would have killed a child?

Bus involved in crash belonged to Queen's charity


Posted 1 day ago

The bus involved in a crash Tuesday morning in Centre Hastings belonged to a Queen's charity that sponsors camp vacations for low-income and troubled youths.

Camp Outlook, a charitable foundation based in Kingston that puts on summer and winter camping trips for young people, was the operator of the bus that was carrying 16 campers on a day trip to Algonquin Park.

No one was seriously injured in the crash, which happened north of Madoc, but the 22-year-old driver of the bus was charged with careless driving.

The passengers of the vehicle, which was pulling a trailer loaded with canoes when the accident occurred, were taken to the Bancroft General Hospital for examination, where they were treated for minor injuries and released.

No one from Camp Outlook was available to speak about the accident yesterday.

The camp, which will mark its 40th anniversary next year, is run through private donations and the support of the Ontario government, which this year gave it $30,000 to buy a new bus to transport campers.

Most of the Camp Outlook participants are teens referred to the charity by a social agency or school, and more than 130 young people take part in the camps each summer.

Outlook was started in 1970 by Ron Kimberly, a Queen's University medical student, who was a camping enthusiast and a believer of the therapeutic value of the wilderness for young people.

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