Police investigate fatal Vancouver bus crash
Police investigate a fatal collision involving a car and a transit bus near Broadway and St. Catherines Street in Vancouver, B.C. on Tuesday April 8, 2014. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)
How a suspected stolen minivan and a TransLink bus collided head-on Tuesday — killing the smaller vehicle’s driver — is a mystery police are now trying to solve.
Vancouver police Const. Brian Montague said the crash happened around 12:45 p.m.
He said it looks like the bus was slowing down before entering the St. Catherines intersection on East Broadway, where a bus stop was on the other side, when the crash happened.
“It’s a little puzzling as to how these vehicles collided where they did,” he said.
“The bus appears to be slowing near the bus stop, but where the two vehicles collided doesn’t really make sense.”
Montague said the identity of the person driving the minivan isn’t the same as the person registered as the owner.
“One of the things we’re looking at right now is the possibility the minivan is stolen. We’re going to try to contact the registered owner for the minivan.”
He said police would be working with coroners to try to verify the identity of the dead man.
“There were five people on the bus that were sent to hospital. Those injuries were fairly minor from my understanding,” he added.