Central Alberta man charged in January pickup-school bus crash, robbery

Jason Ionson of Red Deer, Alta., is charged with robbery with a weapon, dangerous driving and more

A central Alberta man has been charged in the January head-on crash of a stolen pickup with a school bus that slightly injured two children.

RCMP say officers were called to a carjacking near Blackfalds on Jan. 22.

Mounties say a passing motorist had stopped to help with the collision when a man got out of the pickup, pointed a handgun and stole the driver’s vehicle.

The bus was carrying seven children who were assessed by emergency medical personnel and cleared.

Police say Jason Ionson of Red Deer, Alta., is charged with robbery with a weapon, assault with a weapon, dangerous driving, failure to remain at the scene of an accident and other offences.

Mounties say he has been in custody since Feb. 26 on unrelated matters.

The Canadian Press

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