willingdon avenue and maywood

A woman is in critical condition after she was hit by a TransLink bus in Burnaby Thursday night.

She was crossing Willingdon Avenue at Maywood Street just before 10 p.m. PT when the bus, a Coast Mountain community shuttle, came around the corner and struck her, police said.

The woman, in her mid-30s, was knocked unconscious and pinned underneath the rear wheels of the bus.

Police said witnesses and an off-duty firefighter came to her aid before she was taken by ambulance to Royal Columbian Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Police have not released the identity of the woman, and said they are still trying to contact her family.

The bus driver, who was visibly distraught, had to be taken away in another ambulance and treated for shock.

RCMP Sgt. Dave Bell said there's no evidence at this time to indicate the driver's behaviour was criminal.

Bell said the woman was on a marked crosswalk, but it was raining and she was wearing dark clothing.

"There is a possibility that the pedestrian may have started crossing the intersection late, possibly against the signal," he said. "We don't know that for sure, but that's one thing, of course, that we'll be focusing on."

Police are continuing their investigation, although the area is now open again to traffic.

Last year, 2,300 pedestrians were injured in motor vehicle collisions in B.C., according to ICBC.

  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Injured pedestrians 2300 2300 2500 2400 2300
Fatal pedestrians 56 58 58 57 n/a
(Source: ICBC)