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Greyhound bus and streetcar collide,
sending several passengers to hospital

by Sarah Boesveld

Eighteen people were rushed to hospital Thursday after a streetcar crashed into a Greyhound bus carrying a group of students near the Don Valley Parkway.

The streetcar was heading eastbound on Dundas Street when it collided with the coach bus, driving northbound up River Street just before 3 p.m., said 51 Division Staff Sergeant Anne-Marie Bishop.

The streetcar smashed into the side-rear of the bus, causing it to derail from the tram tracks. The crash resulted in a number of non-life threatening injuries, including to the two drivers, said Staff Sgt. Bishop.

“They probably have the more serious injuries,” she said, adding that it’s unclear how many of the 18 remain in hospital and she’s unsure how many — if any — of the injured are students.

The streetcar’s windshield appeared to have smashed on impact, said onlooker Ronnie Azar, whose dog apparel business NeoPaws is adjacent to the crash scene.

Streetcars were diverted from the time of the crash until about 8:30 p.m., when the intersection opened, said Staff Sgt. Bishop.

Dolly Azar, who also works at the store, said the intersection at Dundas and River streets is notorious for crashes, especially because of an eastbound lane branching from River Street that helps drivers get onto the DVP much quicker. She says she has witnessed a number of crashes there and sees even more drivers quickly peel onto Dundas via the lane without checking their blind spots.

“It is the worst intersection and nobody does anything about it,” she said. “That right lane should be abolished completely.”

The rush hour crash held up traffic, thanks to the streetcar diversions, said TTC spokesman Brad Ross.

“It’s never a good time for a streetcar collision, especially where there are injuries,” he said. “That’s our primary concern right now, that people who were injured will recover.”

National Post, with a report from Dan Bitoni