About 35 students from the Sioux Narrows area are staying in the Kenora area tonight. Their bus was turned around, after police closed Hwy. 71 to Sioux Narrows.

Superintendent Paul White from the Kenora Catholic District School Board says the decision to turn the buses around was made at around 6:15 p.m. this evening, since they didn't know how long the road would be closed.

The students were received at both St. Thomas Aquinas and Beaver Brae by senior staff, White added. Senior staff at both schools ensured the students were taken care of, in terms of getting enough to eat, drink and find a place to stay the night with relatives.

"The kids were -- at no time -- under any safety concern," White emphasized. "The bus was just turned around, because the road was closed."

"All is well for this evening," agreed Lisa Achiles from the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, who helped receive students at Beaver Brae.

Earlier this evening, the OPP in Thunder Bay were able to confirm there was a collision on the highway, and it's part of an ongoing investigation. Police note there have been no fatalities.

The names of the people involved have not yet been released. Officers are still investigating the cause of the accident.

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