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Collision with bus in Saanich sends two to hospital

There were 40 passengers aboard the bus and no one was injured, according to BC Transit officials
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This bus collided with a car near Uptown Monday morning. Its 40 passengers escaped injury, but the two individuals in the car suffered what Saanich Police call “minor injuries” for which they received treatment at a local hospital.

An ambulance carried two people to hospital with what Saanich Police called “minor injuries” after their vehicle collided with a BC Transit bus carrying 40 passengers just before 8 a.m. near Uptown.

Sgt. Jereme Leslie said the vehicle was travelling eastbound on Saanich Road when it turned in front of the west-bound bus. At the time of the incident, the bus was carrying 40 seated passengers, according to Jonathon Dyck, communications manager with B.C. Transit.

None of the people on the bus, including the bus driver, suffered injuries during the incident, he added.

Leslie said the driver of the car received a ticket under the Motor Vehicle Act.

BC Transit’s top priority is the safety of its passengers, and will work with Saanich Police during its investigation, said Dyck. B.C. Transit will also launch an internal review of the incident, said Dyck.

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BC Transit operates several bus stops near Uptown and Monday’s morning incident happened near the stop next to Saanich’s Best Buy location across from the McDonald’s location on Oak Street.

While Dyck did not have any statistics about the number of similar incidents in the past, he said one million bus trips in 2015-2016 led to one official injury claim.

Monday’s incident was not expected to cause any significant delays in the overall system.



Wolf Depner

About the Author: Wolf Depner

I joined the national team with Black Press Media in 2023 from the Peninsula News Review, where I had reported on Vancouver Island's Saanich Peninsula since 2019.
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