Canada _ (Commonwealth Union) _ On Wednesday morning, a 51-year-old man rammed a city bus into a daycare in Laval, Que., killing two children and injuring six more.
Pierre Ny St-Amand, a Société de transport de Laval (STL) bus driver, was arrested on the spot. He was charged with two charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder, aggravated assault, and assault with a weapon or inflicting bodily damage.
Around 8:30 a.m., a Laval city bus collided with the Garderie Éducative de Sainte-Rose on Terrasse Dufferin in the Sainte-Rose neighborhood. The 151-bus route stops at the roundabout near the childcare.
A witness to the incident stated he and a group of parents attempted to rescue youngsters trapped beneath the vehicle. According to Erika Landry, a Laval police spokesman, one youngster died at the site. Seven children were brought to the hospital with injuries, and one died there. One adult was also transported to the hospital for shock treatment.
Dr. Marc Girard, the head of professional services at Sainte-Justine Hospital, revealed during an afternoon press conference that the hospital has admitted four casualties, all preschool-age children, two boys and two girls. The youngsters were conscious when they arrived at the hospital, but they had suffered from a variety of serious injuries, according to Girard. He stated that they are presently healing and in a stable condition.
According to Sébastien Rocheleau, head of medical services at the Laval regional health authority, three individuals from the daycare were admitted to the Cité-de-la-Santé Hospital. Despite resuscitation attempts, one youngster died.
The bus drivers’ union issued a statement this afternoon, expressing sorrow and solidarity with the parents and childcare employees touched by this “tragic tragedy.” The union said it is cooperating with authorities investigating the incident. The CISSS de Laval, the city’s regional health board, is encouraging anybody who requires psychological assistance as a result of Wednesday’s events to call the province’s telehealth services.
“Anyone in need of psychological assistance can call 811 and select option two. They will be listened to and guided to the appropriate services “The health board tweeted about it.