City Responds to the Bamfield Road Bus Crash

City Responds to the Bamfield Road Bus Crash

Port Alberni, BC - Mayor Sharie Minions on behalf of Council and the City of Port Alberni has issued a statement following news of a bus crash on the Bamfield Road which resulted in two fatalities and multiple injuries:

“We are heartbroken to learn of the tragic events that unfolded for a busload of university students on route to the Bamfield Marine Station as part of an educational class trip. This sudden loss of young lives is being felt far and wide. Our hearts go out to those impacted by this event, and our deepest condolences to the families who lost their loved ones.

We would also like to extend the deepest appreciation to all who rushed to offer support and resources at the scene including Police, Fire, Alberni Valley Search and Rescue, BC Ambulance, School District 70 and members of the Huu-ay-aht community. The combined actions of all involved helped make a difference in the lives of many.

In response to the event, the City opened its reception center in the early hours of September 14th to receive uninjured passengers, providing warmth, food and the opportunity to connect with their families.

The City will continue to support the communities affected, the RCMP and emergency response agencies as details on the incident become available. For family members seeking information, RCMP are asking that you call 250-723-2424.

The Bamfield Road is an approximately 85 km stretch of mostly gravel road between the communities of Port Alberni and Bamfield. The road is heavily utilized by large trucks, tourists and residents of the southern Barclay Sound area. The City and other coastal communities have been calling for safety improvements to Bamfield Road and they will continue to push for these improvements in the weeks and months ahead.”


Alicia Puusepp
Communications Manager
Cell. 250-731-6796