Passenger recalls driver braking to avoid hitting a truck and trailer that pulled out in front of it.
A 56 year old man was thrown from his seat and died.
Cory Gregory was a passenger on the bus that stopped suddenly near Labieux Rd and Bowen Rd. Friday afternoon.
It was the same bus in which a 56 year old man died when he was thrown from his seat, hitting his head on the floor at the front of the bus.
“I just kind of saw him fly forward and roll over” Gregory told CHEK News.
He said at first passengers didn’t think the injury was that serious but paramedics arrived quickly and the man was rushed to hospital.
“What we know at this point is a pickup truck was coming out of the Mid Island Co-Op parking lot, suddenly cut in front of the RDN transit bus causing the bus driver to brake suddenly. The 56 year old male fell forward, he was unconscious at the scene, was transported to local hospital where he was declared dead” Constable Gary O’Brien told CHEK News.
Gregory says he was sitting near the back of the bus on the driver’s side, the same side the man and his wife who was in a wheelchair were sitting near the front of the bus.
He says the driver hit the brakes once and then harder the second time.
“The truck pulled out, I don’t think he (the bus driver) maybe saw the trailer because he was stopping and then when he saw the trailer he realized well ok if I don’t fully brake we’re going to go right into the back of it so then there was another big, harsher stop that sent the guy out of his seat” said Gregory.
Police say the truck that pulled out was an older model dodge pulling a trailer with the word “flooring” on the back of it.
Cory saw the vehicle pull out.
“It was a red truck. I don’t really remember what the trailer was, I think it was either a red or a black but the truck was red for sure” he said.
Police and the family are asking for the man to turn himself in to be questioned.
“This driver may not even be aware of what transpired so we need speak to him to determine what he saw and what happened” said O’Brien.
BC Transit says this has never happened before.
When questioned about seat belts on busses CHEK News has been told that is governed by the Ministry of Transportation and Transport Canada, not BC Transit.