Toronto crane collapse leaves bus passengers stranded 0
TORONTO - Passengers on a city bus were trapped for about an hour Monday after a crane fell and knocked down hydro wires.
The crane toppled around 1 p.m. No one was seriously hurt in the mishap.
"I noticed there was some wires all over the bus," said Toronto Transit Commission operator Ewa, who was driving the bus.
Even though some of the 31 passengers on her bus grumbled, Ewa, who did not wish to provide her last name, said she kept doors closed, suspecting she was dealing with live wires.
"I could see in the rear-view mirror a big mess of poles and wires and I knew something happened behind me," Ewa said.
She added that no one knew what was happening.
"They just taped up the whole area and nobody would even come close to the bus," she said.
Witness Susan Reed reported hearing an explosion, saying "it sounded like a huge firecracker."
She saw "a blob of green" pressed against the glass of the crane's cab, then realized it was the operator. He was evacuated by emergency services personnel.
"He was walking and looked shaken, but other than that he looked OK," Reed said.
Power in the area was shut down. The bus passengers were released shortly after 2 p.m.
Councillor Doug Ford appeared on scene briefly, saying three passengers were taken to hospital.
"They were a little shaken up, nothing serious," he said. "The operator of the crane, he went to the hospital for a check up."
He called Ewa "a hero."
"She kept everyone calm and quiet on the bus and she's incredible," he said.
Acting Staff-Sgt. Vellend Taylor said labour ministry officials were investigating and the crane would remain at the location until 8 a.m. Tuesday.