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By Roberta Bell, Orillia Packet & Times

Oro-Medonte firefighters look at a bus that had its windshield smashed by a tire that crossed over from the north lanes of Highway 11 from a van that had crashed into the guard rail Tuesday. One person suffered minor injuries, but a number of other cars were damaged by the resulting debris.
J.T. MCVEIGH - QMI Agency

Oro-Medonte firefighters look at a bus that had its windshield smashed by a tire that crossed over from the north lanes of Highway 11 from a van that had crashed into the guard rail Tuesday. One person suffered minor injuries, but a number of other cars were damaged by the resulting debris. J.T. MCVEIGH - QMI Agency

A woman was taken to hospital after the windshield of the charter bus she was riding in was smashed by a tire from another vehicle Tuesday afternoon.

The coach was travelling south on Highway 11 when it was hit by the tire, which came off a northbound 2007 Pontiac Montana van that had struck the guard rail near Line 13 in Oro-Medonte Township at about 3:30 p.m., Barrie OPP Const. George Silvestri said.

While he said there was “no indication” the tire went through the windshield and into the bus, the upper portion of the passenger-side window on the front of the bus had been knocked out.

A 57-year-old Aurora woman was hit by debris when the glass shattered, Silvestri said, noting she was taken to Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

The coach had been en route to Toronto, carrying passengers from Casino Rama at the time of the incident. The bus company sent another bus to bring passengers the rest of the way, Silvestri said.

A Montana missing a wheel with damage to the fender on the driver’s side was stopped on the opposite side of the highway, just north of where the bus had pulled over.

Silvestri said no injuries were reported from that vehicle.

The right lane of Highway 11 South was closed between Line 12 and Line 13 for about an hour and a half while police investigated.

The 69-year-old driver of the Montana has been charged with careless driving. 

roberta.bell@sunmedia.ca

Twitter: @roberta__bell

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