BC Transit bus driver taken to hospital after single-vehicle crash on TCH

BC Transit bus driver taken to hospital after single-vehicle crash on TCH
Courtesy Shelagh Stewart Burton

A bus driver is in hospital following a single-vehicle incident on the Trans-Canada Highway near Thetis Lake Friday morning.

The bus appeared to be on its side on the highway, shutting down two northbound lanes of the highway for some time, according to Emcon Services Inc.

No passengers were on the bus when it happened, according to BC Transit.

“Our thoughts are with the operator, who has been taken to the hospital.”

BC Transit says it will undertake an internal investigation and that RCMP are also investigating the crash.

West Shore RCMP confirmed they were called to assist with the bus rollover at around 6 a.m. and said the bus was heading southbound on the highway when it happened.

“While the investigation remains underway, initial evidence gathered at the scene revealed that the bus was empty and the lone driver attempted to avoid a possible hazard caused by another vehicle ahead,” officials said.

According to RCMP, the bus driver’s injuries were non-life threatening.

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As of 8:55 a.m. Emcon said recovery of the bus was complete and all lanes had reopened.The crash caused major delays on the highway during the Friday morning commute.

There were also a number of other collisions responded to by Mounties on the West Shore.

RCMP said they also responded to a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Wale Road and Goldstream Avenue at around 7 a.m.

Witnesses said a blue Nissan Leaf turned in front of a blue Ford pickup truck, resulting in a head-on collision that sent the driver of the truck to hospital.

Around the same time, RCMP were called for a three-vehicle crash in the 400-block of Goldstream Avenue. No injuries were reported, but tow trucks were delayed because of heavy traffic.

Then at around 7:40 a.m., West Shore RCMP said they were called to Langford Parkway at Phipps Road after a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle. She was not seriously injured and the driver remained on scene to cooperate with investigators.

“We are asking drivers, pedestrian and cyclists to spend some time getting ready to stay safe during wet weather,” said Const. Alex BĂ©rubĂ©, spokesperson for the West Shore RCMP.

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