Tuesday, February 24, 2009

TTC bus crashes on Lawrence at Allen Rd.

Thandiwe Vela Staff Reporter - Toronto Star
A TTC bus driver is in hospital with an "undisclosed medical issue" after crashing his bus early this morning with five passengers on board.
Police were called to the Lawrence Ave. W. and Allen Rd. single vehicle collision at about 2:30 a.m., Toronto police traffic services Sgt. Tim Burrows said.
The bus was travelling west on Lawrence Ave. W. approaching the northbound ramp to Allen Rd., when, for a reason yet to be determined, it went off the roadway onto the sidewalk, ploughing through two light standard poles, Burrows said.
The bus travelled about 50 metres off the roadway.
Neither the passengers nor the driver reported injuries, Burrows said.
Police are awaiting information from the hospital to determine what caused the driver to lose control of the bus, but do not suspect alcohol to be a factor.
"Like all our investigations we will look at every possible avenue, including alcohol, fatigue and driver distraction," Burrows said.
City workers are at the scene repairing damaged light signals. The bus sustained an estimated $20,000 in damage.
Lawrence Ave. W. has been reopened both ways but the ramp from eastbound Lawrence Ave. W. to northbound Allen Rd. may be closed for several hours yet, Burrows said.

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