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Canada daycare bus crash driver charged with murder

A bus driver is facing first-degree murder charges after his vehicle ran into a daycare centre in a Montreal suburb, killing two children and injuring six others.

Police did not give a cause for the crash but filed murder and assault charges against Pierre Ny St-Amand, 51.

Authorities said the driver had worked for the transit system for 10 years and did not have a criminal record.

The six children who were taken to hospital did not have life-threatening injuries, police said.

The incident happened about 8.30am (1330 GMT) Wednesday, when kids are usually dropped off by their parents at daycare centres.

Authorities did not confirm the children’s ages but Canadian Broadcasting Corp said about 80 kids under the age of five attended the daycare facility.

News of the tragedy at the Sainte Rose daycare in Laval spread through the suburban area known better for its historic houses.

“It’s a tight-knit community,” said Christopher Skeete, who represents Sainte Rose in Quebec’s National Assembly.

“The fact that something like that would happen is devastating.”

Mr Skeete said he had not yet heard anything from police about a motive.

“When you leave your children at the daycare for the day, you know that they’re in good hands … when an event like that can happen, it shakes us and shatters us,” Quebec’s Families Minister Suzanne Roy said, speaking to reporters near the scene of the incident.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Quebec Premier Francois Legault expressed condolences to families after the incident.

“No words can take away the pain and fear that parents, children, and workers are feeling – but we are here for you,” Mr Trudeau said.

Laval is about 30 kilometres north-west of Montreal in Quebec, Canada’s second most-populous province.

– AAP

Topics: Canada
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