A man struck by a B.C. Transit bus Wednesday night on the Trans-Canada Highway was taken to Victoria General Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The No. 50 bus was headed south into Victoria with about 25 passengers when it struck the man about 9 p.m.
The driver and some passengers reported that the man jumped from the side of the road near Portage Inlet, said B.C. Transit spokeswoman Meribeth Burton.
There was extensive damage to the bus, but no one on the bus was injured. However, the driver and passengers were absolutely shocked and devastated, Burton said. The bus was travelling, from what our driver says, at about 60Â kilometres an hour.
The driver was taken for a de-fusing process while another bus came to take the passengers the rest of the route.
It was the second time in recent months that a man was hit under similar circumstances.
On May 12, a 25-year-old man threw himself in front of a B.C. Transit bus on Jacklin Road, between Goldstream and Station avenues, just before 9 p.m.
Several witnesses told West Shore RCMP that the victim jumped in front of the double-decker bus, shattering its window and causing damage estimated at $5,000 and rattling the driver.
B.C. Transit has a back-to-work program for such incidents and drivers are given the time and counselling they need before they return to work.
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