STM bus accident injures passengers during rush hour

A woman riding an STM bus during rush hour Friday says a few passengers were injured after the bus driver’s irresponsible driving led to an accident.

The Montreal woman tells CJAD News she got on the 90 bus at Atwater just after 5 p.m. Friday.

The bus was driving down Sainte-Catherine street towards Westmount when the driver slammed on his break to avoid hitting a car, that he told police, cut him off.

“The bus driver had taken on too many people, we were jammed like sardines, there were children everywhere, people literally went flying in the air,” she said.

The passenger says she was sitting but needed to be transported to hospital, after she hit her head and neck.

“I had blood coming out of my ear, I was in terrible, people were crying and screaming.  The bus driver never came to speak with us.”

She says the driver was not driving responsibly and she wants coverage for her medication.

A police spokesperson says their investigation found the accident was not criminal.  The police report said some passengers suffered minor injuries.

The woman says six to eight people were transported to hospital.

The STM says victims of road accidents must file a claim with the SAAQ to receive compensation.  It says if a complaint is logged an internal investigation into the driver’s conduct will begin.

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  1. Paul posted on 07/14/2014 02:55 PM
    What is the purpose of complaining if the results of the investigation are kept secret?
    How does a system like this lead to any improvements?
    My sympathies to the victims.
  2. Enzo posted on 07/14/2014 03:31 PM
    So the bus driver has to brake hard because some idiot cuts him off - how is that his fault? As for taking on too many passengers, is the driver had gone by the stop because he thought he had a full load of people, you can be sure this lady would be writing here whining about poor customer service if she had been left at her stop as a result.

    It is a shame when anyone gets hurt but hardly the cause for legal action (to cover her medication coast, which is covered by medicare BTW)
    1. Gino posted on 07/25/2014 05:20 AM
      @Enzo There is always two sides to each story.
      It would be nice to hear about the good the STM does in this city instead of the negative!!

      Well said Enzo!
  3. Kaleen posted on 07/18/2014 03:20 PM
    I was a part of this accident and I am hurt from it. I will be taking physio therapy. If anyone knows anyone involved in this accident please contact me through email and I will be a witness for whomever was injured
    1. Claire posted on 07/21/2014 05:29 PM
      @Kaleen Hi there, I was on the bus with you and I am also taking physio. The SAAQ is supposed to cover us for being off work and physio. Have you had any trouble or luck with this?
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