UVic officials say decision on field trip transports will be guided by Bamfield bus crash review

UVic officials say decision on field trip transports will be guided by Bamfield bus crash review
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Emma Machado (left) and John Geerdes (right) were killed when a bus filled with UVic students went off a remote logging road near Bamfield.

Officials at the University of Victoria say decisions on transportation for future field trips will be guided by the outcome of a review into a fatal bus crash near Bamfield last week.

A statement from Gayle Gorrill, vice-president of finance and operations, says the university began a review earlier this week into the circumstances around the crash on Sept. 13.

Emma Machado of Winnipeg and John Geerdes from Iowa, who were both 18 years old, were killed when a charter bus with 43 other students on board left a gravel road and landed down an embankment.

Gorrill says its first priority was responding to the needs of students and their families, but the university did begin to look into the circumstances around the collision earlier this week.

The RCMP said Wednesday that the cause of the crash remains under investigation and Transport Canada is assisting in the probe.

The students and two teaching assistants were on their way to Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre on a field trip. Gorrill said there is another trip scheduled to the centre in October and there are no plans to cancel it.

“The Bamfield Sciences Marine Centre is a world-class teaching and research facility that provides our students with incredible opportunities to learn and study on the west coast,” Gorrill says.

With files from The Canadian Press

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