The TTC is investigating after a dashcam captured a bus running a red light and nearly striking a pedestrian in Scarborough Monday morning.
A CityNews viewer submitted the video, which shows the bus driving along Eglinton Avenue at around 9:15 a.m.
The light at Eglinton and Ionview Road turns red, and another car stops — but the bus begins to accelerate. At the same time, a pedestrian starts crossing the street directly into the path of the oncoming bus, which is forced to swerve to avoid hitting her.
A person in the car with the dashcam can be heard cursing in shock before saying, “I thought she was going to die there.”
The TTC’s Brad Ross says buses often can’t stop on a dime like smaller cars and would potentially cause more injury by doing so. But he doesn’t think that was case this time.
Ross, who viewed the video Tuesday, said it appears there was plenty of time for the bus to slow down and come to a full, safe stop at the red light.
“Clearly, based on the viewing of this video, there was an opportunity for that bus to stop,” he said.
“Given that the pedestrian stepped off the curb and the bus had to swerve to avoid that pedestrian, that is concerning and that is why we need to review this.”
Ross said the TTC will take steps to identify the bus and bring the driver in to be interviewed about the incident before deciding if disciplinary measures will be taken.
“This could have been much worse and we are grateful of course that it wasn’t,” he said.
“Safety is number one for the TTC, somebody clearly looks to have dropped the ball (in this case), and we need to understand why.”
Another bus can be seen in the video a few seconds earlier going through a yellow light at the same intersection. The TTC is not believed to be reviewing that incident.
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