Injuries in bus crash on Highway 401 near Prescott, Ontario

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A bus carrying 37 Chinese tourists crashed on a highway leading to the Canadian capital of Ottawa on Monday, injuring 24 people, including four with life-threatening injuries.

A manager at the Massachusetts-based Union Tour Express company said Monday he was aware one of their buses was involved in the collision but could not provide any further information about the incident. Four of those injured received life-threatening injuries, she said.

He said the hospital set up a triage centre in a garage beside the emergency department.

At least two helicopters, a land ambulance and a fixed-wing aircraft were sent to the scene, according to a spokesman for Ornge Air Ambulance.

Paramedics from municipalities across eastern Ontario are at the site of the bus crash, which occurred near Blue Church Road. It reported that one was in critical condition and two were in serious but stable condition.

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Spokeswoman Abby McIntyre told The Canadian Press that all the patients the hospital had received were "Mandarin speaking".

McIntyre said other people injured in the crash were believed to be "walking wounded" who were taken to other hospitals.

According to OPP, the westbound lanes of Highway 401 near Prescott are closed due to the collision.

The hospital in nearby Brockville said on Twitter that it had received five patients, all in critical condition.

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