TTC bus driver charged after streetcar, bus collide
Joshua Freeman, CP24.com
Published Monday, December 29, 2014 11:00AM EST
Last Updated Monday, December 29, 2014 11:46AM EST
A TTC bus driver has been charged with careless driving after a collision between a streetcar and a bus sent four people to hospital Saturday.
The incident happened around 10 a.m. on Dec. 27 at the intersection of Main Street and Danforth Avenue when a northbound streetcar collided with the southbound bus head-on as the bus was making a left turn.
Pictures from the scene showed the front ends of both vehicles smashed together with extensive damage.
Four people, including the bus driver, were taken to hospital to be treated for minor to moderate injuries, paramedics said. The intersection was also closed down for several hours as the wreckage was cleared away.
Police said Monday that the driver of the bus has been charged with careless driving in the incident.
TTC CEO Andy Byford has been out of the country and unavailable to comment.
However Gary Shortt, the TTC’s chief operating officer, said Saturday that he has “full confidence” in the TTC’s vehicles and drivers.
The incident comes just a week after Byford said he would launch a review of the TTC’s operator training program in the wake of a fatal incident involving a TTC bus.
Amaria Diljohn, 14, was struck and killed by a TTC bus as she crossed Neilson Road at Finch Avenue on Dec. 19. Police are investigating the fatal incident but no charges have been laid.
Following the girl’s death, Byford called for the review and said that while the TTC has “rigorous” training programs, it was important to make sure that no stone is left unturned.
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