West Shore RCMP say the BC Transit bus crash on the Trans Canada highway happened due to rainy weather and accumulated water on the roadway.
Just after 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 12th, a BC Transit bus travelling northbound on the Trans Canada Highway near Leigh Road crashed through the highway median.
After investigating, police say the driver lost control of his bus while attempting a manoeuvre to change lanes in order to exit the highway.
“The preliminary information collected at the scene showed that the rainy weather, along with the accumulation of water on the pavement were contributing factors to the crash,” says Cst. Alex Berube.
The driver and one passenger, the only occupants on the bus, were both transported to hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
Police say the collision remains under investigation and no charges have been laid at this time.
Earlier this week, a Vancouver Island resident submitted a video of drivers on the Malahat warning them to exercise caution as rain water pooled up and flooded the highway.
In response to her concerns, the BC Ministry of Transportation stated that heavy downpours can overwhelm any highway, and drivers should slow down in such conditions.