A morning rush-hour bus crash that saw seven people taken to hospital may have been the result of the driver falling asleep at the wheel, police say.
The veteran driver, said to have 30 years under his belt, was taking the off ramp to Flanders Ave. just before 9 a.m. yesterday morning when he lost control and crashed into a light standard on Richard Rd. S.W.
The light standard was knocked over by the impact, exposing several live wires that came into contact with the bus.
Paramedics at the scene called on Enmax to cut power to the lines before they could attend to the injured passengers and driver, said EMS spokesman Paul Lapointe, adding seven passengers and the driver suffered minor injuries.
“Two were taken to the Foothills hospital and five were taken to the Rockyview. We don’t have specifics on their injuries but I’m assuming just a few bumps and bruises,” said Lapointe.
Lapointe said paramedics are trained to contact Enmax to deal with wires at a scene to make sure it’s safe for patients and emergency service workers.
Police have charged David Cummings, 51, with careless driving.
A total of four EMS vehicles responded to the accident.