Fatal Vancouver bus crash investigation continues
A woman was fatally struck near Main and Terminal in Vancouver Wednesday in a bus-involved accident. (Photo courtesy Global TV)
TransLink and the union of a bus driver involved in a fatal Vancouver accident broke their silence Thursday after police confirmed a 43-year-old woman was killed.
The woman died on scene near the Main Street SkyTrain Station around 5 p.m. Wednesday. TransLink's Haydn Acheson said the corporation is "deeply saddened" by the tragedy and would work with police in the investigation. The driver has worked for TransLink for seven months.
Drivers' union president Don MacLeod said the driver, a Lower Mainland man, wouldn't be back at work any time soon.
"Anybody that's involved in these situations with a fatality, it's something that stays with them for the rest of their lives," he said. "It's a traumatic time."
MacLeod said video from the bus involved, and others around at the time, has been obtained and are expected to be shared with police.
The driver, who has not been identified, was also scheduled to give his account to union representatives Thursday.
Vancouver police have not released the woman's name. Const. Brian Montague said police will check witness accounts, the traffic light cycle at the time, and whether the bus had any mechanical problems.