Laval City Bus Crashes Into A Daycare — The Latest Developments

Two children are dead and six more are injured.

Senior Editor
A Laval police vehicle.

A Laval police vehicle.

Two children are dead after a city bus crashed into a daycare in Laval Wednesday morning.

The incident sent shockwaves through the province and prompted a swift response from police and elected leaders.

Here's what we know.

The incident occurred at around 8:30 a.m. A bus belonging to the Société de transport de Laval (STL) collided with a daycare located on Terrasse Dufferin on the north side of the city.

Laval Police Chief Pierre Brochet confirmed at a press conference Wednesday afternoon that two children had died and six more sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Those six were brought to hospitals in Laval and Montreal.

Brochet also confirmed the Service de police de Laval (SPL) arrested the alleged driver of the bus, a 51-year-old STL employee, on homicide and dangerous driving charges. The suspect is meeting with investigators. Police have not yet determined the motive for the act, Brochet continued.

The chief said officers and first responders were "in shock." He and Laval Mayor Stéphane Boyer said officials would make psychological aid available to those who need it.

Quebec Premier François Legault addressed the public at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday to extend his thoughts to the children, parents and daycare employees affected by the incident.

He also announced that three ministers, Minister of Public Security François Bonnardel, Minister of Families Suzanne Roy and Minister Responsible for the Laval Region Christopher Skeete, would go to the scene to coordinate the municipal and provincial police and health response.

In Laval Wednesday afternoon, Bonnardel called the incident a "tragedy of infinite sadness." He added that medical authorities were set to give an update on the injured children's health.

Roy said the children in the daycare will have spots in other daycares as of Thursday.

This is a developing story. Check back for more details.

This article's cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.

Thomas MacDonald
Senior Editor
Thomas is MTL Blog's Senior Editor. He lives in Saint-Henri and loves it so much that he named his cat after it. On weekdays, he's publishing stories, editing and helping to manage MTL Blog's team of amazing writers. His beats include the STM, provincial and municipal politics and Céline Dion. On weekends, you might run into him brunching at Greenspot, walking along the Lachine Canal or walking Henri the cat in Parc Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier.