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Oro-Medonte firefighters look over a bus coming Casino Rama whose windshield was smashed by a tire crossing over from the northbound lane on Highway 11, Tuesday, from a van that had crashed into the guard rail. 
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Oro-Medonte firefighters look over a bus coming Casino Rama whose windshield was smashed by a tire crossing over from the northbound lane on Highway 11, Tuesday, from a van that had crashed into the guard rail. J.T. MCVEIGH/QMI AGENCY/BARRIE EXAMINER

ORO-MEDONTE TWP. - 

A woman was taken to hospital after the windshield of a charter bus was smashed by a tire from another vehicle, Tuesday afternoon.

The coach was travelling southbound on Highway 11 when it was hit by the tire, which came off a northbound 2007 Pontiac Montana van that had struck the guard rail near Line 13 in Oro-Medonte Township at about 3:30 p.m., Barrie OPP Const. George Silvestri said.

While he said there was "no indication" the tire went through the windshield and into the bus, the upper portion of the passenger-side window on the front of the bus had been knocked out.

A 57-year-old Aurora woman was  hit by flying debris when the glass shattered, Silvestri said, noting that person was taken to Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

The coach had been en route to Toronto carrying passengers from Casino Rama at the time of the incident. The bus company sent another bus to bring passengers the rest of the way, Silvestri said.

A Montana, which was missing a wheel and had damage to the fender on the driver's side, was stopped on the opposite side of the highway, just north of where the bus had pulled over.

Silvestri said no injuries had been reported from that vehicle.

The right lane of Highway 11 southbound was closed between Lines 12 and 13 for about 90 minutes while police investigated.

The investigation continues.

The driver of the van, a 69-year-old Bowmanville man, was charged with careless driving.

 

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