Woman's death from bus stop crash an accident, report says
Coroner recommends audits on bus maintenance, driver training
A report from the provincial coroner says the death of a 50-year-old woman who was struck by a pole knocked down by a skidding Regina bus was accidental.
According to the report, Barbara Supynuk was at a bus stop on Hamilton Street in the downtown on Feb. 15 when an approaching bus, which was going about 22 km/h, skidded on ice and hit a pole on the sidewalk.
The pole struck Supynuk in the head causing what the coroner called a "severe traumatic brain injury." She died in hospital on Mar. 25.
While the crash was described as an accident, the coroner did make a number of observations concerning the maintenance of the bus, especially its brakes.
The report said the bus had been in the city's repair shop on a number of occasions due to complaints from drivers about brakes. An inspection after the crash also revealed that the left rear brake on the bus was not working on the day of the crash.
The coroner also pointed out that the bus was an older model that did not have anti-lock brakes, or ABS.
"The driver indicated that he stepped on the brake and he maintained his foot on the brake until the bus came to a stop," the report said. "[The driver] indicated that the steering locked."
The coroner has sent a recommendation to Regina's city manager, calling on the city to have an independent audit done on its bus maintenance procedures. The review should also look at driver training.