I have to give kudos to this bus driver.
On Saturday morning, around 9am I was on my way to winterlude, and was pressed for time. I got on my local bus, the #2, on Montreal Rd, a couple blocks west of St Laurent blvd. I sat down near the front of the bus, beside the second bumper pad (you know where the seats go up for the wheelchairs?).
We drove about two blocks, and were passed on the left by a large truck on the left. I don't acutally remember this happening, but that's what I was told later. Next thing I know we're banging against the sidewalk, and the driver has slammed on the breaks. I poke my head around the seat, and see us rear end of the truck. We continue to bump against the side of the sidewalk, before the left side corner of the front of the bus hits the back of the truck.
Oh OC driver, I can see that this accident could have been alot more serious, if you hadn't known what to do. I was really impressed that no one was injured and you were okay. The jolt wasn't that big, but nonetheless we did feel it on the bus. I'm glad that the people standing up didn't end up breaking limbs or that people weren't thrown from their seats. I was just happy that it wasn't serious enough for you to sustain injuries, which means you were able to take charge of the situation.
I hope that you didn't get in trouble for the accident. What didn't impress me was the fact that all the people sitting on the curb-side of the bus who probably had a much better view of what the truck did, did not stay to be witnesses.
Thanks for your judgement and your experience.
said in the last post that people are being 'taught to drive' by oc transpo, so long as they have customer service experience, this disturbs me. People should realise that while bus drivers may not always be the nicest of people, I would rather have a mean bus driver who knows what to do, in case I ever end up in a situation like that ever again. The driver seemed to be pretty nice the bit I did talk to him, but if I had to choose, I would much rather have my life than someone who was 'nice to me'.