Masset women survive harrowing bus accident

  • Jan. 14, 2004 7:00 a.m.

Three Masset women were left shaken but unhurt after a freak accident Friday morning (Jan. 9) between Prince Rupert and Terrace, Alex Rinfret writes.
Barb Elduayen, Bobbi Parnell and Lori Holt were east-bound on Highway 16 in two vehicles when one vehicle slipped on ice about 63 kilometres out of Prince Rupert. Sgt. Ray Bernoties of the Prince Rupert RCMP said their jeep slid across the highway and into the ditch on the other side.
The other vehicle stopped to help. At that moment, the three women noticed a west-bound Greyhound bus coming around the bend. It slipped on ice and slid into the same ditch, where it flipped on its side, landing on the three women.
The six passengers and driver managed to get out and spent the next 45 minutes rescuing Ms Elduayen, Ms Parnell and Ms Holt, Sgt. Bernoties said.
“It’s kind of surprising that no one was injured,” he said, adding that he has never seen or heard of an accident like this one.
A large dairy truck and an armoured vehicle slid off the highway around the same time due to the extremely icy conditions, Sgt. Bernoties said. The highway was shut down and re-opened a few hours later.
Ms Holt got back to the islands on the ferry early Monday and was back at her job at Delmas Co-op that morning.
“”I’m a little stiff,” she said. “But I’m grateful to be walking.”