Firefighter Chased School Bus That Hit Tree in Red Deer, Alta; Driver Charged

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Firefighter Chased School Bus That Hit Tree in Red Deer, Alta; Driver Charged


Firefighter chased after swerving school bus

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RED DEER, Alta. - Kurt Stenberg was unbuckling his daughter from her car seat outside their house earlier this week when he heard a crash.

On the other side of the street, he saw a school bus that had driven over the sidewalk, hit a tree and knocked over a speed-limit sign.

When the bus kept on moving, Stenberg knew he had to spring into action.

"It was just too shocking to see a bus crash right behind us and not pull over," the firefighter and emergency medical technician from Red Deer, Alta., said in an interview Wednesday.

"You would think someone would pull over."

RCMP say the bus driver, 42-year-old Shelly Joy Kolodychuk, is facing impaired driving and dangerous driving charges. She is scheduled to appear in court July 12.

No one was injured, including children between five and 12 years old on the bus.

After the accident, Stenberg ran onto the street and tried to flag down the driver, but the bus made a left-hand turn at the end of the street.

He and his daughter Kate, who is almost four, jumped back into his truck. Kate had just recently learned how to buckle her own seat belt and, once she was strapped in, Stenberg went after the bus.

He found it pulled over nearby and talked to the driver, who he thought might be having a medical emergency.

He pulled his truck in front of the bus so the driver couldn't move forward. Shortly after, Stenberg's wife, just off her shift as an ER nurse, arrived still in her scrubs and parked her truck behind the bus so it was blocked in. …

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