Six people were taken to hospital with minor injuries Monday morning after a mini-bus plowed through a Wal-Mart parking lot in East Vancouver and into the wall of a building across the street.
Vancouver police Sgt. Randy Fincham says it appears the driver lost control of the bus around 10:40 a.m. PT Monday after picking up passengers at the Wal-Mart.
The bus drove through a hedge, said Fincham, smashing into parked cars on the road, and becoming airborne as it went over a steep embankment. It then embedded itself in the wall of a movie prop store across the street.
The bus, the property of a community living group, was carrying the driver and five passengers at the time of the accident, said Fincham. All six were transported to hospital with fairly minor, non-life threatening injuries, he said.
The woman who owns the prop store told CBC News her store was closed at the time of the accident. Had it been open, she says, three to four people would have been standing right where the bus wound up.
Fincham says people are lucky. The injuries could have been a lot worse.
Police are now investigating whether the crash was due to driver or mechanical error. Fincham says the bus is being sent for testing.
The 2700 block of Skeena Street has been closed to traffic while police investigate the accident.