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Lawsuits dismissed against driver, Greyhound bus after 2011 crash north of Kamloops

August 24, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Evidence in a recent court case described a frightening scene for passengers and Greyhound employees involved in a late night accident near Kamloops eight years ago.

Two passengers sued Greyhound and the driver because the bus was travelling slightly above the speed limit when they hit a moose June 22, 2011.

While the judge in the case found speed was entirely unrelated to the accident and tossed the case, it also describes the tense moments.

The bus was travelling 109 kms an hour when it hit the moose — just nine kms over the limit — but Supreme Court Justice Elaine Adair said the added speed wasn’t a factor. The moose came out of nowhere, roughly 25 kms south of Clearwater and a reduced would not have prevented the collision.

At around 4:30 a.m. the bus hit the moose and on impact the bus lost its steering and brakes. Momentum carried it across the northbound highway lane where it hit large boulders on the side of the road before it crashed down an embankment and landed in a swamp, according to Adair's decision.

Luckily the whole scene was observed by another driver who had just passed the bus. The man turned around and helped the driver, another Greyhound employee and several passengers out of the ditch.

Giau Tran and Bradley Sanuik were among passengers taken to hospital after the accident and were injured. They filed the lawsuit but the judge ruled it an accident and dismissed the suit.

For the full decision go here. 

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