Video captures driverless TTC bus crashing into truck
WATCH: A driverless TTC bus slammed into another vehicle last night. Coincidentally, the transit commission opened its doors to the media today to show off its safety and training program. Christina Stevens reports.
TORONTO – The Toronto Transit Commission is conducting an investigation after a driverless bus collided with a parked truck at Bathurst Station Tuesday evening.
The incident, which the TTC said happened around 10 p.m., was captured on video by a witness and posted on YouTube with the title, “Ghost Bus!”
WATCH: A video released on YouTube Tuesday purportedly shows a TTC bus – with nobody behind the wheel – slowly rolling away and eventually coming to a stop when it hits a parked truck.
Officials say the bus was “left unsecured,” rolled away and made contact with a TTC fleet truck.
“Unfortunately it doesn’t appear that the proper braking procedures were applied,” TTC spokesperson Brad Ross said. “The bus was in neutral. Nobody was on the bus thankfully and it slowly rolled away from the bus bay, coming to a rest as it rear-ended one of our utility trucks that was parked in the station.”
The unidentified driver has been taken off his route while the TTC investigates.
No injuries were reported and both vehicles sustained minor damages.
Meanwhile, the TTC held an open training session for the media Wednesday to showcase the type of safety procedures which go into operating transit vehicles. The session is part of a multi-faceted plan introduced by the TTC recently after a crash which killed a teenage girl in Scarborough.
Ross said the open session is to show the public that safety is paramount for the transit commission.
“This is part of explaining to the public, through the media, just how seriously we take safety at the TTC,” he said. “Safety trumps everything, including schedules.”