Initial CBC article

This news article was posted to the online edition of CBC News on April 20, 2011. You can read it there by following this link. I am republishing it here in case the Edmonton Journal subsequently removes the content. I believe doing so constitutes fair use as this entire blog is dedicated to commentary on the event described in the article.

Pedestrian killed by Edmonton transit bus

A woman in her late 20s is dead after she was run over by a transit bus in downtown Edmonton at 6:50 a.m. Wednesday.

The woman was on her way to work, said police spokesperson Clair Seyler.

The bus was turning left from 102A Avenue to head south on 97th Street at the courthouse when it hit the woman, who was crossing the street in a crosswalk, she said.

Firefighters worked for about four minutes to free the woman from under the bus.

Police are notifying the victim’s family.

The male bus driver is devastated and was receiving counselling, said Seyler.

The driver is a 29-year veteran and had a good driving record, said ETS manager Charles Stolte.

“He’s very, very distraught,” he said.

Other transit workers will also have access for support or counselling, he said.

“We have 2,200 employees that work for transit and I can tell you every person is deeply sorry about this tragic incident,” Stolte said. “We do have peer support available throughout our organization.”

Christopher Thompson
May 23rd, 2011 7:45 PM

I also read this news article in the early morning, before being notified by the police that Ailish was the victim of the accident.

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