TTC Streetcar & Bus Collide, Injuring TTC Passengers et al

Update: see previous posts – June 25, 2010 T.T.C’s St. Clair West Subway Station’s “Bike Shelter”, October 12, 2009 T.T.C’s Fines Increase effective October 12, 2009

CAUTION – WATCH FOR HIGH SPEED TRAFFIC (STREETCARS & MOTOR VEHICLES) APPROACHING FROM BOTH DIRECTIONS ( ESPECIALLY AT INTERSECTIONS )
CAUTION – WATCH FOR HIGH SPEED TRAFFIC (STREETCARS & MOTOR VEHICLES) APPROACHING FROM BOTH DIRECTIONS ( ESPECIALLY AT INTERSECTIONS )

On Thursday, December 16, 2010 at approximately 3 p.m., a Toronto TTC streetcar, travelling eastbound along Dundas Street East, drove into the rear of a northbound Greyhound bus, after it tried to stop, at the Regent Park intersection of River Street and Dundas Street East.

River Street and Dundas Street East, Toronto, Ontario

The streecar must have been moving in this 40 km/h intersection, as it managed to come off the streetcar tracks and embed itself into the rear of the Greyhound coach bus at a 90-degree angle. The streetcar hit the bus so hard, that the front of the streetcar crumpled upon impact and the front windshield shattered.

Residents in the area heard the crash between the TTC streetcar and the Greyhound coach bus and immediately took to the street to view the results of the impact.

The TTC streetcar was carrying approximately thirty (30) passengers and the Greyhound coach bus was empty, save and except for the driver of the bus.

The streetcar was also carrying children from the Cosburn Middle School who were returning from an earlier field trip. Some of the students injured themselfs while attempting to extradict themselves from the streetcar, through a broken window.

As a result of the collision, the streetcar and bus driver were both injured, along with 14 TTC passengers (including four (4) schoolchildren) in the streetcar and a pedestrian at the scene. The streetcar driver injured his hip and the Greyhound coach driver injured his shoulder.

Emergency services attended the scene of the accident and the injured were loaded onto stretchers and taken to local hospitals by five ambulances and a bus. The last injured man was taken away at approximately 4:30 p.m. by ambulance.

The intersection was blocked off and closed to provide police and TTC inspectors the opportunity to conduct an investigation and clear away the debris.

Toronto Police have charged the Greyhound coach bus driver with “careless driving”, as police have reason to believe that the streetcar had the right of way.

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