Pedestrian killed by Edmonton transit bus

A woman in her late 20s is dead after she was run over by a transit bus in downtown Edmonton at 6:50 a.m. Wednesday.
Emergency crews work to free a pedestrian from under a bus in downtown Edmonton Wednesday morning. (CBC)

A woman in her late 20s is dead after she was run over by a transit bus in downtown Edmonton at 6:50 a.m. Wednesday.

The woman was on her way to work, said police spokesperson Clair Seyler.

The bus was turning left from 102A Avenue to head south on 97th Street at the courthouse when it hit the woman, who was crossing the street in a crosswalk, she said.

Firefighters worked for about four minutes to free the woman from under the bus.

Police are notifying the victim's family. 

The male bus driver is devastated and was receiving counselling, said Seyler.

The driver is a 29-year veteran and had a good driving record, said ETS manager Charles Stolte.

"He's very, very distraught," he said.

Other transit workers will also have access for support or counselling, he said. 

"We have 2,200 employees that work for transit and I can tell you every person is deeply sorry about this tragic incident," Stolte said. "We do have peer support available throughout our organization."





  • Firefighters worked for about four minutes to free the woman from under the bus, not 50 minutes, as was incorrectly stated in an earlier version of this story.
    Apr 20, 2011 2:16 AM MT