SUV driver runs red light, collides with BC Transit bus in Victoria: VicPD

SUV driver runs red light, collides with BC Transit bus in Victoria: VicPD
Photo: Jiffy Lube/Victoria
A collision involving a BC Transit bus and an SUV was caught on security camera, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2023. At least two people were injured in the crash, and CHEK News has reached out to police and paramedics for more information.

Two people were taken to hospital following a collision involving a BC Transit bus and an SUV at Douglas and Bay streets in Victoria.

The incident, captured on security camera, happened around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, according to BC Transit.

Video footage from Budget Brake & Muffler on Douglas Street shows the collision from one angle, while footage from Jiffy Lube on Bay Street shows a different angle.

The northbound bus on Douglas Street was stopped at Bay Street, and when the traffic light turned green the bus driver proceeded through the intersection. Then the driver of the SUV, who was heading east on Bay Street in Victoria, collided with the BC Transit bus before crashing into a westbound sedan stopped at a red light on Bay Street.

In an update Tuesday, Victoria police say the SUV driver ran the red light and was ticketed.

“The driver who entered the intersection on the red light was issued a violation ticket for failing to stop at a red light,” said VicPD.


BC Transit says it’s aware of the incident “between a bus and three vehicles,” telling CHEK News in a statement: “BC Transit bus on Route 30 was travelling northbound on Douglas Street just before 5:30 p.m. when a vehicle travelling eastbound on Bay Street struck the bus.”

The transit corporation says passengers were on board the bus at the time, and two were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

“No other injuries were reported from the bus or the other vehicles,” it said in the statement.

CHEK News reached out to Victoria Police and BC Emergency Health Services for more information, and the latter says paramedics arrived via three ambulances and transported the two passengers to hospital for treatment.

BC Transit says the bus was seriously damaged, “particularly to the front windshield,” and there was lost service as a result of the collision.

“BC Transit thanks emergency services for their fast response,” it added.

“Safety is our top priority at BC Transit. We will assist the Victoria police in their investigation into the incident and we will also be conducting an internal investigation.”

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