For the second time this month a pedestrian has been killed by a TTC vehicle.
At about 5:20 a.m. on Jan. 21 a 55 year old Toronto resident was struck by a bus headed south on Dufferin Street just north St. Clair Avenue West.
According to Constable Hugh Smith of Toronto Police Traffic Services, the man had just exited the same bus by the front doors only seconds before the incident. He then slipped and fell in front of the public transit vehicle.
“This would have been out of sight of the driver who was still boarding passengers,” Smith said. “Once the doors closed and the driver moved forward the deceased became trapped beneath the vehicle.”
Another passenger who had just exited the vehicle alerted the driver by banging on the front door. Paramedics arrived on the scene at 5:38 a.m. and the bus was backed off of the man, Smith said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigations by traffic services and the TTC are ongoing. The driver, a 28 year veteran of the TTC, has been cooperating with investigators who have interviewed several on-board witnesses and also have the aid of on-board cameras and video surveillance footage from the surrounding area.
The intersection of Dufferin Street and St. Clair Avenue West was closed down for several hours but reopened shortly after 10 a.m.