Fifteen of the 40 children aboard a school bus became ill after being exposed to an “unknown substance” Thursday morning.
Emergency personnel were called to a Canada school bus around 9:40 a.m. There was an “unknown substance” that caused fifteen children to be taken to a hospital as a precaution, per paramedics.
The patients’ ages were between six and 12 years old and the parents were shortly made aware of what had happened. The kids who were not affected by the “unknown substance” resumed back to their school day in normal activities.
The fifteen children were found coughing, vomiting, and feeling nauseous. Cardinal said that the school bus driver did all the right things by making sure the children got off of the bus safely and calm.
The school bus was later taken to a garage to undergo a full examination.
Ottawa Fire PIO spokesperson Danielle Cardinal told CTV News that the hazmat crews searched the bus and did not find any trace of the supposed substance.
Police had Kaladar Avenue closed until around 12:50 p.m. The school board later said that there may have been an issue with the vehicle’s brakes at the time.
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