A woman died Tuesday afternoon after a TTC bus smashed into a crane on Lawrence Avenue while going down a hill in Toronto. Several of the other 14 passengers were injured with nine being transported to hospital.
Constable Hugh Smith, Toronto Police Traffic Services, said during a phone interview that it will be some time before the investigation can pin point who was in fault at the afternoon accident that claimed the life of a 43-year-old woman. The TTC bus was mangled after crashing into a crane that was being transported on a westbound Amherst truck. Constable Smith said that another vehicle may have been involved in the accident.
"There were a series of lane changes from both the TTC bus driver and the truck driver. It is possible that another third vehicle was involved. There was another vehicle at the scene with secondary damage," Smith said adding that there were several cars in the roadway at 2:38 p.m. when the accident occurred.
Smith said that the deceased woman was pronounced at 3:05 p.m. Her family has been notified and arrived at the scene of the accident prior to her body being transported to the coroner.
"The woman was without vital signs and unconscious when the EMS arrived at the scene," Constable Smith stated. While Smith can not confirm until the investigation has played out it appears the woman was at the front of the bus when the crash happened. The front passenger side of the bus is completely folded in where passengers would normally board the vehicle.
Smith said that all of the passengers were injured to some degree. Six of the passengers were transported to trauma centres while three others were taken to local hospitals. Four of the passengers received minor injuries and refused medical treatment. They were being interviewed at the scene by Toronto Police.
Early reports had a child listed as one of the victims, this was not the case Smith said.
Both of the drivers were not injured and were being interviewed by the police at the scene.
"The drivers were visibly shaken by today's events," Smith said adding that the truck driver was devastated at hearing that a woman had died.
Lawrence Ave is closed from Victoria Park to Don Mills until at least 8:00 p.m. while the police investigation continues.
The investigation will include a parallel TTC investigation.
"In these type of accidents several factors have to be looked into. The mechanical workings of both vehicles will be investigated as well as aspects such as the speed of the vehicles at the time of the crash. Charges are pending the complete investigation."