Boy airlifted to Edmonton hospital after Smoky Lake bus crash expected to make full recovery

An Alberta family whose two sons were involved in a school bus crash near Smoky Lake earlier this week says they are very grateful for the support they’re received through this “terrible disaster.”

The Serben family said their sons Jedd and Jacob were both on the bus heading to H.A. Kostash School on Monday morning when it was involved in a collision with a picker truck.

Jedd suffered serious injuries in the crash, including a broken femur and internal bleeding, according to a public Facbeook post on the Serben Farms’ page Tuesday night. Jedd was one of the students airlifted to hospital in Edmonton following the crash.

The boy’s family said he has made “incredible progress” over the last 24 hours.

“We are so grateful for every well wish and prayer we have received — these are holding us up through this terrible disaster,” the Facebook post read.

“He is expected to make a full recovery and is being so strong and brave.

“We wish to thank the heroes who helped him out of the bus, and extend so much gratitude to every single incredible health care professional at the Smoky Lake hospital and the Stollery Children’s Hospital who has helped heal him.”

On Tuesday, members of the Edmonton Oilers stopped by Jedd’s hospital room for a visit.

Jacob sustained bruises and a minor concussion but is in good spirits and doing well, according to the family, who has also been publicly updating their boys’ conditions on the farm’s Twitter account.

Jacob has been released from hospital, according to a GoFundMe page set up for the Serben boys.

RCMP say their initial investigation revealed the school bus stopped at a stop sign as it approached Highway 28, but then proceeded into the intersection before being hit by the picker truck. Investigators say road and weather conditions were clear at the time of the crash.

Five of the 14 students on the bus were taken to hospital in Edmonton Monday in critical condition. Several others were injured in the crash.

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