Thunder Bay – Cause for Termination?…. Of Course!

Bus driver involved in collision with pedestrian charged

By Matt Vis,

City police have charged the bus driver involved in a collision with a pedestrian.

“The officers have concluded a lengthy investigation and it has resulted in a charge of careless driving against the city transit driver,” said Thunder Bay Police Services traffic Sgt. Glenn Porter on Tuesday morning.

Police say Audrey Kahkonen, 72, was crossing Algoma Street at the intersection of Waverly Street at 7 p.m. on Dec. 12 when she was struck by the southbound Thunder Bay Transit bus.

She remains at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre where she is listed in serious condition.

“I understand there has been some improvement and we’re hoping for the best for her,” Porter said.

Porter said he could not comment on the current status of the driver with Thunder Bay Transit.  (article here)

Bus driver charged after collision with pedestrian

Audrey Kahkonen, 72, still in hospital in serious condition after Dec. 12 incident

CBC News Posted: Dec 24, 2013 9:04 AM ET Last Updated: Dec 24, 2013 9:04 AM ET

Thunder Bay police have charged a city transit driver with careless driving after a pedestrian was hit by a bus

The incident took place at 7 p.m. on Dec. 12, near the corner or Algoma and Waverley Streets.

Police say Audrey Kahkonen, 72, was crossing Algoma Street when she was struck by a southbound bus.

She remains in hospital in critical condition.

The bus driver faces a fine of between $400 and $2,000, and/or a jail term of up to six months if convicted. (article here)

Driver is being charged if careless driving.  If proven guilty, the driver needs to be fired. Employment terminated.  Plain and simple. Gone.  See you later.

Will it happen?  I doubt it. Nobody gets fired by the City of Thunder Bay. Not ever.

Is termination of employment too harsh a penalty for this incident? No. Of course not. It sends a message. Safety is taken very seriously.
I believe that on any given day, many transit drivers operate their buses in a careless fashion. Unsafe manner. It’s just, unless there is a collision, nobody knows, other than passengers and what are they going to say and to whom? The driver? Management? Good luck with that.
As I have said time and time again passenger safety is not job one for Thunder Bay Transit.  Apparently pedestrian safety is not very high on the priority list either. Ride a bus. Find out for yourself.  See what I am talking about.
And then there are the bus tires.  Are they winter tires?  It appears to me that the buses have the same kind of tires on them all year round.  If that is the case, then just how safe are our buses in the winter?

Snow covered roads a problem even for transit drivers


Even city buses were having a hard time getting around on slick, snow packed streets.

A transit bus on the East End route slid off the road into a snow bank while making a turn from May Street onto Southern Avenue.  That incident took place at about 3 p.m.

Thunder Bay Transit officials say there was no damage to the bus or property and no passengers were injured.

There were some traffic delays while the bus was towed out of the snowbank. The bus was back in service just a short time later. ( article here)

Cause of the bus sliding off the road?  Driving too fast for the conditions. Maybe the tires on the bus?

It always easy to blame the weather for collisions such as this but it is up to the driver to adjust to that weather and SLOW DOWN!

Nobody was hurt here.  Very lucky.  It could have easily been much, much worse.

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