Five injured in HandyDART-van accident
Five people were taken to hospital after a collision between a B.C. Transit HandyDART bus and a minivan in downtown Kamloops on Thursday, (July 5).
The crash occurred at about 10 a.m. at the intersection of Fourth Avenue and St. Paul Street.
Fire crews, RCMP and paramedics responded and several people were taken to hospital.
Kamloops Fire Rescue battalion chief Rob Chalmers said the mini-van had two passengers - a man he described as being in his 60s and a girl believed to be about age nine. They were taken to hospital with minor injuries, said Chalmers.
The van's driver-side door had to be removed with cutters in order to get to the driver.
Chalmers said there were five people in the bus, including the driver. Three passengers were taken to hospital.
"I would classify it more as precautionary just because of the nature of the impact and the nature of the accident," said Chalmers of the decision to take the trio to Royal Inland Hospital.
"They want to make sure they take spinal precautions and then get them to the hospital [and] have them checked out more thoroughly with a higher level of care."
The investigation into the crash is ongoing.