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Bus collides with car, rolls over near Duncan

Jan 14 2012

A transit bus collided with another vehicle and rolled over on Highway 18 near Duncan Friday night, but the accident did not result in any severe injuries, according to early results of a police investigation.

Officers suspect the driver of a westbound Subaru station wagon had veered onto the shoulder to avoid a large, stuffed living-room chair in the middle of the lane just west of Tansor Road. The driver is believed to have lost control when coming back onto the highway, and the vehicle slammed into the side of the bus.

The collision "forced the bus to move off the eastbound lane and, due to the steep side embankment, caused the bus to tip onto its side and slide to a halt," according to a police advisory.

One of the three passengers was removed from the bus on a stretcher after police arrived around 7:45 p.m. The passenger was taken to hospital but did not suffer any major injuries.

Five passengers escaped the Subaru before it caught fire. It is unclear how many passengers were on the bus.

The living-room chair could be an item that had fallen out of another vehicle and was left on the roadway, police say.

Highway 18 was closed for four hours while collision analysts investigated and crews cleaned up the roadway.

Duncan RCMP along with South Island Traffic Services continue to investigate the incident. No charges are currently being considered by police.

"In this case, the person who could have been charged is whoever deposited the chair there," said Const. Daniel Forslund. "If they did turn up, they could be charged with having an insecure load."