Photos submitted to MTLBlog shows the aftermath of a collision involving a sedan and a Montreal school bus belonging to the English School Board. The incident occurred on Quebec route 138 near the rue Clement overpass in the Montreal borough of LaSalle.
The photographer, Alex Medvedev, a truck driver, shares that, thankfully, the school bus was empty at the time of the collision. He alleges that the driver was texting when they crashed into the rear of the bus. There are no reports of injuries so far.
Medvedev's photo is below. The hood of the sedan is almost entirely under the back end of the school bus. A look at google maps confirms the location of the collision — route 138 adjacent to storage yards in LaSalle near the Lachine Canal.
We have contacted the SPVM for more information about the collision and any possible criminal proceedings. A spokesperson responded by stating that an investigation is ongoing.
According to the Société de l'assurance automobile de Québec (SAAQ), penalties for holding a phone while driving include:
a fine of $300 to $600 for a first offense
double the fine for a repeat offense
immediate licence suspension in the case of a repeat offence
5 demerit points
The SPVM website further explains that "it is illegal to drive a road vehicle while using any hand-held device equipped with a functioning telephone." Even "the simple act of driving with a device in your hands constitutes a violation liable for a fine of $80 and 4 demerit points."
Stay tuned for updates.