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by Brad Aubin
An elderly man is dead after ramming into a school bus with his ATV in downtown Sturgeon Falls on Thursday afternoon, May 25. The collision occurred at approximately 3:24 pm at the intersection of Arthur and Queen Streets, as the bus was carrying students home from school.
The man, age 83, was said to be traveling southbound on Arthur when he struck the school bus which was eastbound on Queen St. Witnesses said the ATV ended up partially under the bus. “The man didn’t stop and drove into the bus… it all happened very fast,” said a young witness.
A police media release issued the next day stated that the injured man had been stabilized by Emergency Services responders, then transported to West Nipissing General Hospital, and later to Health Sciences in Sudbury. “His condition is reported as stable but critical,” the release indicated on Friday.
However, the man’s condition deteriorated and on Tuesday, May 30, when contacted by the Tribune for an update, police directed our journalist to Theoret Bourgeois Funeral Home. Staff there would not confirm the man’s identity or the time and cause of death, out of respect for the family who had not yet put out an obituary as of press time.
The bus was carrying five students at the time of the collision, and while none of them were injured, police said counselling services were being activated for the children involved.
WN Police was assisted in its investigation by Collision Reconstruction Officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). WN Police Chief Chuck Seguin said the report from the OPP had not yet been received at press time, and the investigation was still active.