A ten-year-old boy riding his bike was hit by a TransLink bus Wednesday evening. The boy sustained injuries and was taken to B.C. Children’s Hospital, but he has since been released.
The accident occurred around 6 p.m. on Wesbrook Mall, just east of University Boulevard.
Cpl. Robert Ploughman of the UBC RCMP detachment said that the boy only sustained minor injuries in the accident.
Ploughman said the bus driver failed to stop at a red light and has been issued a traffic violation ticket.
UBC education student Tanya Terbasket was standing beside the scene of the accident. She said the boy was riding a BMX bike and accompanied by a friend.
“The bus hit this little boy on the side, and he flew, I would say, three or four feet,” she said. “The bike flew onto the curb, and he flew off of his bike.… The bus hit him.
“[Paramedics] were worried because he was not conscious at first, and then he started crying after. He’s in an ambulance right now, and hopefully he will be okay,” said Terbasket.
Another UBC student, Claudia Popa, said she was riding the #480 bus that hit the boy. “I just heard a loud noise,” said Popa, “and he hit the kid, and the kid flew off his bike and was unconscious for awhile until someone got him conscious.”
TransLink spokesperson Drew Snider has acknowledged that the crash occurred, but has not yet provided any additional information about what TransLink’s response to the incident will be.