A tow operator from Totem Towing tends to a Honda Civic that was involved in a crash with a B.C. Transit bus on Tuesday morning. Both the car and the damaged bus

UPDATED: Car crashes into bus during morning commute in Saanich

Three people sent to hospital including the driver of a B.C. Transit bus after a collision with a Honda Civic early Tuesday.

Kyle Slavin

News staff

Three people were sent to hospital after a commuter bus was involved in a crash on Quadra Street during the morning rush hour.

Two passengers aboard the bus were taken to Victoria General Hospital with back and neck injuries when the bus struck the front passenger side of a Honda Civic that crossed a double solid yellow line to make a left turn.

Around 8:40 a.m. the northbound Civic was trying to turn in to an apartment complex mid-block in the 4000-block of Quadra St.

The driver of the southbound No. 6 bus attempted to brake, but hit the car.

Four passengers on the bus reported injuries, two of whom walked away with just scrapes and bruises. The female driver of the car was also taken to hospital, believed to have head injuries as a result of the collision and airbags.

The bus driver was uninjured, but he was in shock, according to B.C. Transit spokesperson Meribeth Burton.

“He is perfectly healthy. We have programs in place and resources to offer him to talk over the situation, which is very traumatic,” she said.

There were another 10 passengers on the bus at the time of the crash.

Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene. Quadra Street was temporarily blocked off to southbound traffic while investigators were on scene.

Saanich police Const. Richard Burdet said speed, alcohol and driver impairment do not seem to be factors in the crash.

The investigation is ongoing, and he said charges under the Motor Vehicle Act could possibly be issued.

kslavin@saanichnews.com

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