(Photo: Marcus Griffith)
An “elderly woman” was struck and killed by a C-TRAN bus today while walking across the street in downtown Vancouver. The collision occurred a few blocks from the bike route across the I-5 Bridge, according to witnesses.
The Route 4 bus was in the process of turning left from 8th Street to Washington Street when it collided with a unidentified woman in the marked cross walk, according to passengers on the bus. “Everyone on the bus was yelling at [the driver] to stop… and than the bus hit her and we started yelling [at the driver] ‘you just hit someone’ and everyone got off the bus,” said Taryn Park, who was on the bus at the time of the collision.
Neither the Vancouver Police Department nor C-TRAN officials confirmed details of the incident.
The intersection is traffic controlled and witness statements did not clarify if the bus operator, or the woman walking, were crossing against a traffic control device.
“I don’t know what the signal was [for the bus], but it was turning and it seemed legal, but the driver should have seen her, everyone else did,” said Taryn Park. More details will likely be made public later in the day.
Marcus Griffith – marcus.griffith[at]gmail.com