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Man, 25, hit by B.C. Transit bus in critical condition

May 15 2012

A 25-year-old man remains in critical but stable condition at Victoria General Hospital after he threw himself in front of a bus.

The man was struck by the B.C. Transit bus on Jacklin Road, between Goldstream Avenue and Station Avenue, just before 9 p.m. Saturday night.

Several witnesses told West Shore RCMP the victim jumped in front of the double-decke bus, shattering its window and causing damage estimated at $5,000 and rattling the driver.

There is no evidence that shows the bus driver bears any blame, police said.

"There is nothing you can do to prevent someone from jumping in front of a bus," said B.C. Transit spokeswoman Meribeth Burton.

The driver was taken off his shift immediately and matched with a critical incident supervisor.

This week the driver is on a previously scheduled vacation, Burton said.

B.C. Transit has a backto-work program for such incidents and drivers are given the time and counselling they need to return to work.

"We take this very seriously. It can be very traumatic," Burton said.

In a similar incident about four years ago, a driver took about four weeks to return to work, she said, adding that each circumstance is different.

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