Garbage truck driver fined after crash with Gatineau bus

Gatineau police say a garbage truck driver has been fined and received two demerit points after crashing with an STO bus, knocking the bus into a window at the Vice Versa furniture store.

Vice Versa store window smashed after crash at busy Hull intersection

This STO bus, left, crashed with the garbage truck, right, causing extensive damage to the Vice Versa furniture store at Montcalm and Wellington. (Patrick Pilon/Radio-Canada)

Gatineau police say a garbage truck driver has been fined after making an unsafe left turn and crashing with an STO bus, knocking the bus into the window of a furniture store.

Police say the two vehicles collided at the busy intersection of Montcalm and Wellington at about 6:45 a.m. Thursday.

They said the garbage truck driver, who was heading south, turned left on a green light and collided with the articulated STO bus that was heading north on a green.

The 50-year-old garbage truck driver was taken to hospital with back injuries while the 48-year-old bus driver was also slightly injured and taken to hospital.

This is the damage caused when a garbage truck and STO bus collided in Gatineau's Hull sector Thursday morning. (Patrick Pilon/Radio-Canada)

There were no passengers on the city bus.

During the collision, police said the bus ricocheted into the store window of Vice Versa at 50 Montcalm St. in the city’s Hull sector. It also damaged a streetlight pole.

Police said the truck driver received a $100 ticket plus two demerit points for making an unsafe left turn.

Police said the northbound lanes of Montcalm were closed at Wellington for about three hours and there was heavy damage to the store. Both vehicles were towed away.

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