Witnesses describe the scene to Global News as a bloody scene straight out of a hollywood horror
Three hospitals in the interior initiated a Code Orange to deal with an influx of patients after a tour bus rolled over on the Coquihalla Highway near Merritt around 3pm Thursday.
Michaela Swan with the Interior Health Authority says 43 patients were transported to hospitals in Kamloops, Kelowna, and Merritt.
“We have five patients in critical condition, ten in serious condition, and 28 with non-life threatening injuries.”
Swan told CKNW earlier this evening “When a code orange is called we actually prepare the entire facility to receive an increase in patients so we bring in extra staff to our critical care units, which would be the emergency department, our lab, our diagnostic imaging, and then we look at the other areas of the hospital where we would be able to admit those patients that are injured.”
RCMP Sgt. Norm Flemming says the cause of the single-vehicle accident is under investigation.
“Right now I really couldn’t tell you. I can pretty much rule out weather, unless wind is a factor, there is no sudden rain storms, it was pretty much clear skies and dry pavement.”
Highway five between Hope and Merritt has re opened after it was closed for several hours.
The bus was believed to be transporting tourists of Asian descent to the Vancouver area from the Okanagan.
*Photo courtesy Global News and Adam Hopewell