An OC Transpo double-decker bus slams on its brakes at the same level crossing where six people were killed when the same model of bus came into collision with a Via Rail train almost four years ago.
The incident Wednesday morning is described as heavy-braking … heavy enough to throw passengers around the bus.
At the time of the heavy braking, a Via Rail train was at the level crossing north of Barrhaven.
OC Transpo can’t provide an explanation for the heavy-braking though it says the passengers on the bus were never in danger.
But let’s put the facts together that we know. The bus slams on its brakes at a dangerous level crossing where six people were killed in similar circumstances. A train was crossing the tracks. The bus stopped quickly enough that it threw people around inside the vehicle.
OC Transpo doesn’t have an explanation but put those facts together and you come to a conclusion.
Here’s what we do know for certain. Almost four years have passed since the fatal collision at Fallowfield and precious little has been done to make that busy level-crossing safer.
While the city has overpaid and under-performed on light rail to the tune of $3.2 billion, a dangerous situation has been allowed to fester north of Barrhaven at the level crossing. Has the city strapped itself fiscally to such an extent on LRT that it can’t afford to build an overpass where it is obviously needed?
The city is conducting a study. Now that four years have passed since the tragic bus-train accident, isn’t it time the city told us exactly what it will be doing about our safety and our tax dollars at the Fallowfield crossing.
How many more people will have to die before the City of Ottawa takes prompt action?
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