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One hurt in bus crash caused by chair on road

Jan 15 2012

One passenger was hurt when a transit bus rolled over after it collided with a station wagon, which then caught fire, on Highway 18 near Duncan.

Police suspect the driver of the westbound Subaru veered onto the shoulder to avoid a large, stuffed chair that was in the middle of the lane west of Tansor Road.

The driver is believed to have lost control when coming back onto the highway, and the Subaru slammed into the side of the bus.

Friday's 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," police said in a statement.

One of the three bus passengers was removed on a stretcher after police arrived about 7: 45 p.m. The passenger was taken to hospital, but was not seriously hurt.

Five people got out of the Subaru before it caught fire.

The chair could have fallen off another vehicle, police said.

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

Duncan RCMP along with South Island Traffic Services were investigating 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."

dspalding@timescolonist.com

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