Thursday, January 15, 2015

GO transit bus crash on Highway 407 leaves 1 dead in Vaughan, Ontario

CBC News
One woman is dead and three people were sent to hospital after a GO bus rollover near Weston Road in Vaughan, Ont., on Wednesday.

The single-vehicle crash happened at about 10 p.m.

The bus was travelling east on GO route 47 from Hamilton to York University, according to a tweet from GO.

The Ontario Provincial Police, with cooperation from Metrolinx, the agency responsible for GO Transit, will be investigating what caused the bus to veer off the highway.

"The vehicle actually went through a pretty big portion of steel guardrail just before the concrete guardrail began," said Sgt. Kerry Schmidt of OPP's Highway Safety Division.

The bus came to a stop in a grassy area between the 407 and a ramp for Highway 400.

Authorities initially believed a male passenger died at the scene, but hours later after lifting the bus, it was revealed that the deceased was a woman.

The driver and two other passengers were sent to hospital, their injuries not considered life-threatening. There were six people on the bus in total, including the driver.

There was no information immediately available as to the ages of the injured or the age and identity of the deceased.

The eastbound Highway 407 ramp to Highway 400 was closed while police investigated the crash. Just after 6:15 a.m., the OPP announced it had reopened.

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