Woman dies after being struck by STM bus
Bus driver transported to hospital to be treated for shock, police say
A pedestrian has died after being hit by a city bus Monday morning.
The 51-year-old woman was near the intersection of St-Laurent Boulevard and Sauvé Street in Montreal's Ahuntsic neighbourhood when she was struck at around 5:30 a.m.
Montreal firefighters were already on the scene when ambulances arrived, trying to get access to the woman, said Urgences-Santé spokesperson Jeremy Lachance.
"She was trapped under the bus," Lachance said. "When our paramedics got there, it took five minutes until they got access to the patient."
The victim was taken to hospital in critical condition. Police confirmed her death shortly before noon.
The bus driver, a man, was also transported to hospital to be treated for shock.
Montreal police have closed the area to traffic and are trying to determine the circumstances leading up to the collision.
Philippé Dery, spokesperson for Montreal's public transportation agency, said the bus was in transit at the time of the collision. There were no passengers on board.
The bus was being driven to the STM's nearby garage after being used on a night route, he said.
"When situations like these happen, the SPVM leads the investigation with our co-operation," Dery said. "Our experts will also be looking deeper into this unfortunate event."