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More than 50 children attending a summer camp in Quebec suffered cuts, bruises and broken bones Wednesday afternoon after the trailer they were riding on overturned and threw them to the ground.
Fifty-three people were taken to different hospitals near Bromptonville, 150 kilometres east of Montreal.
Authorities said some of the injuries are serious but none are life-threatening. The serious injuries are believed to mostly consist of broken bones. However, later Wednesday doctors also revealed some of the victims suffered chest and abdominal injuries.
"We need to reassure people -- especially parents," Stephane Tremblay, director of professional services at the University of Sherbrooke Hospital Centre told The Canadian Press.
"People's lives are not in danger."
Jacinthe Ouellette, director of public relations at a hospital where some of the children were taken, said 10 injuries were considered serious, with one being "more complicated."
"There are lots of broken legs, broken arms," she told CTV News Channel Wednesday.
More than 50 people were on the trailer when the accident occurred, most of them between the ages of seven and 12.
Police say it appears the tractor was going down a slope too fast, causing the trailer to overturn.
Fortunately, police say passengers were ejected from the trailer, and it appears no one was crushed.
A total of 15 people were transported by ambulance to hospital. Many were taken by bus.
Tremblay said 16 victims were sent to Fleurimont hospital in Sherbrooke, while 37 others were taken to Hotel Dieu hospital.
The incident occurred during a Christian camp activity at a farm. Children from Quebec, Ontario and the United States attend the Evangelical Baptist Church camp in nearby Lennoxville.
CTV's Montreal Bureau Chief Genevieve Beauchemin said the tractor was not part of a commercial operation. The owner had offered to give the children a ride.
Police are investigating the incident.
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Boss Hog wrote:Only an idiot would have 50 kids in that
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SHERBROOKE, Que. -- Police have launched a criminal investigation into the trailer crash in Quebec's eastern townships Wednesday that sent 53 people to hospital, including dozens of children, police said.
The tractor and the trailer that overturned were towed and will be analyzed for mechanical problems, police said. The driver of the tractor, a man in his forties, is still in hospital and will be questioned by police. The exact cause of the crash is still unknown, police said.
Thirteen people, 10 of them children, remain in hospital. Five of them should be released by Thursday evening and three children who are in intensive care are expected to be transferred to the pediatric department. Fifty-nine people were treated for injuries after the trailer flipped over.
Ten children were seriously injured with broken bones, cuts and eye trauma. None of the injuries are life-threatening.
The children, aged 8 to 12, were on a Christian summer camp excursion about 90 minutes east of Montreal. More than 50 people were on the trailer when it overturned just after 1 p.m. as it was descending a hill.
"The driver might possibly have lost control of his vehicle, causing the trailer and the tractor to jackknife, which ejected the youths and everyone on the trailer," said police spokesman Rene Dubreuil.
When asked what might have caused the crash, Dubreuil said the driver "was possibly going too fast in a field."
The children are from Quebec, Ontario and the U.S., police said. They were taking part in the Hebron bible camp, run by a Baptist church in Sherbrooke.
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Matt Kirsch wrote:Maybe it's God's way of telling us that we can't make being stupid illegal?
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