Five children were taken by ambulance, a bus driver was airlifted to hospital and 19 children taken to hospital as a precaution after a transport rear-ended a school bus on Highway 34 between Hawkesbury and Vankleek Hill at 9 a.m. this morning, reports the Ontario Provincial Police.
Four vehicles were involved in the collision that occurred near Pleasant Corners Public School.
The bus driver, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries, was taken by helicopter to an Ottawa hospital.
The students were transported to the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital.
Occupants of the other vehicles were not hurt.
Highway 34 is currently closed to traffic and detours are in effect.
Victim Services of Prescott-Russell attended the hospital to provide assistance and support to parents and students.
Photo Pierre Cormier