Jan 24, 2010

Bus driver extinguishes flames after car flips in Ajax

A Durham Region Transit bus driver used his onboard fire extinguisher to put out flames when a car flipped and caught fire after colliding with a truck in Ajax Friday.

It happened at roughly 10:30 a.m. at the Westney Road and Taunton Road intersection.

"Our driver witnessed the accident happen and the car flipped in the intersection and caught fire," said Phil Meagher, deputy general manager of operations for DRT.

The 915 Taunton route driver had his supervisor call emergency services before helping at the scene.

"He used his onboard fire extinguisher to extinguish the fire before emergency services arrived," said Mr. Meagher.

Sergeant Nancy van Rooy of Durham Regional Police said a nearby OPP cruiser also responded. Ajax Fire and Emergency Services showed up shortly after to fully extinguish the fire. Durham police and EMS also responded.

Everyone was able to get out of the vehicles, though one person was bleeding from the head and was loaded onto a stretcher and taken to hospital.

"It doesn't look like injuries are life threatening and terribly serious," said Sgt. van Rooy.

There appeared to be little damage to the green dump truck, but the burgundy sedan that flipped was crushed in the front and fire damaged.

Durham police are investigating the collision and the intersection was closed temporarily.

Mr. Meagher said DRT employees always try to help when something like this happens on the roads and bus drivers have been witnesses to accidents in the past.

"We're sort of the second set of eyes and ears for emergency services when we're out there," he said.

newsdurhamregion.com | Bus driver extinguishes flames after car flips in Ajax.

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