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Boy, 11, killed in collision with school bus in Rockland

Boy, 11, killed in collision with school bus in Rockland
Boy, 11, killed in collision with school bus in Rockland

Flowers, balloons and stuffed animals outside a school at the corner of St. Joseph and Chéné Streets in Rockland, May 14, 2024. A day earlier, a child was struck and killed at that intersection.

Flowers, balloons and stuffed animals outside a school at the corner of St. Joseph and Chéné Streets in Rockland, May 14, 2024. A child was struck and killed near that intersection the day before. (Joseph Tunney/CBC)

An 11-year-old boy was killed when he was riding his bicycle in Rockland, east of Ottawa, after being hit by a school bus.

According to Ontario Provincial Police, the collision occurred around 3:30 p.m. Monday on St-Joseph Street, near Chéné Street.

According to the United Counties of Prescott and Russell Emergency Services Department, the child suffered “traumatic injuries” and was taken by ambulance to CHEO, the Ottawa Children’s Hospital.

Police confirmed Tuesday morning that the boy had died and the investigation continues.

His name has not been released, but the board of the French public school Council of Public Schools of Eastern Europe Ontario (CEPEO) said he was a student at public primary and secondary school Carrefour Jeunesse.

The school bus driver was not injured, police said.

“It’s very sad news, it has hit the community very hard,” said Maria Aboulhosn. Her children go to catholic school Sainte-Triniténear the site of the collision.

Aboulhosn was there Monday and said her “heart started pounding” when she saw the rescuers. She described many children running around and said everyone was “in shock.”

Clarence-Rockland Mayor Mario Zanth said his team is setting up condolence books and donation boxes for the child’s family at City Hall.

“A child who dies in such a tragedy is everyone’s child these days,” Zanth said.

“We want to make sure that parents know that we are thinking of them right now and that our hearts are broken as well. We will be there to help them in any way we can.”

CEPEO sent an email in French to inform parents and caregivers of the death, saying that support would be offered in the coming days.

According to Zanth, anyone can also call the city’s 211 helpline for support.

There are several schools in this part of the city of Clarence-Rockland, which is located approximately 35 kilometres northeast of downtown Ottawa.