Paramedics report that up to 40 children were potentially exposed to an unknown substance inside a school bus that was arriving at an elementary school on Kaladar Avenue in the Ridgemont area Thursday morning.
A total of 15 children aged six to 12 were being transported to the hospital and the others were being assessed for symptoms including a cough, shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting.
Paramedic service spokesman Marc-Antoine Deschamps said that while the children are “obviously scared,” none of their symptoms appear serious and that they were able to get off the vehicle quickly.
The school was communicating with their parents, he said.
Firefighters, police and paramedics converged on École Élémentaire Catholique Lamoureux.
Police said that a hazardous materials investigation was underway and that they have closed Kaladar Avenue from Brookfield Road East and to Dartmouth Avenue.
The fire department said that the hazmat team and firefighters were responding and asked motorists to avoid the area.
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