4 injured after streetcar, bus collide at Main and Danforth intersection
A TTC bus and streetcar collided at the corner of Main Street and Danforth Avenue shortly after 10 a.m. on Saturday. (Submitted Photo / TTC)
Published Saturday, December 27, 2014 11:05AM EST
Last Updated Saturday, December 27, 2014 6:18PM EST
A head-on collision between a TTC streetcar and a bus in the Danforth area has left four people injured.
The incident occurred at the corner of Main Street and Danforth Avenue shortly after 10 a.m. Saturday.
A bus that was heading south turned into a northbound streetcar. The collision caused damage to both vehicles and derailed the streetcar, according to Gary Shortt, acting chief operating officer of the TTC.
The impact of the crash was so great that it forced the streetcar off the tracks and the noise echoed through the neighbourhood.
Three passengers and the driver of the bus went to hospital with “minor to non-life-threating injuries,” said Shortt. He could not confirm how many people were on the vehicles.
Second serious crash in just over a week
Saturday’s was the second major incident for the TTC in just over a week.
Earlier this month, Amaria Diljohn, 14, was struck and killed by a TTC bus in Scarborough on her last day of school before the holiday break.
After Diljohn’s death, the TTC announced that it would speed up a review of operator recruitment, training, recertification and monitoring programs.
In mid-October, a 65-year-old woman was fatally struck by a TTC bus.
Shortt said he has no concerns about getting on buses, subways or streetcars.
“I have full confidence in the vehicles and the operators,” he said.
Main Street was partially closed for the police investigation Saturday morning, but reopened shortly before 1:30 p.m.
The streetcar and buses were both damaged, but the streetcar track was not, according to Shortt.
With a report from CTV Toronto’s Colin D’Mello