TORONTO – A 52-year-old woman died and 12 others were injured after a cube truck collided head-on with a TTC bus in Scarborough, Tuesday.
Toronto police said the two vehicles collided head-on just after 11:30 a.m. Tuesday near Steeles Avenue East and Middlefield Road.
Police said the driver of a 2010 Hino truck — a 40-year-old man — was heading eastbound on Steeles. The bus was stopped on the north side of Steeles when the cube truck crossed into the westbound lanes, mounted the curb, struck a hydro pole, and hit the front corner of the bus.
Police said the 52-year-old woman was boarding the bus at the time, while a 43-year-old woman was exiting it.
The 52-year-old woman was pronounced dead on the scene. The other woman is in hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Eleven other people were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The victim’s family told CityNews the 52-year-old was a mother of two children in their 20s and one grandchild, and was originally from Sri Lanka.
The TTC said the 36-year-old bus operator had been trapped and emergency personnel had to use the jaws of life to get the driver out. He was transported to hospital but is expected to be OK.
Witnesses said they saw the driver of the truck talking on a cell phone before the truck crossed into the oncoming lanes.
Police told 680News there’s no word yet on any charges.
TTC CEO Andy Byford said his reaction to the scene of the crash was one of shock.
“Our thoughts are with the injured and the family of the deceased,” he said.
Power was knocked out to some 4,600 customers due to the crash, but has since been fully restored.
Mayor Rob Ford said he was saddened to hear of the accident.
“On behalf of City Council and all Toronto residents, I want to extend my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the deceased at this difficult time,” Ford said in a statement.
“I am very saddened to hear about this tragic accident.”
Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1900, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).
The crash was captured on social media. Some of the photos posted to Twitter are below: