This morning at 8:22am, Abbotsford Emergency Services responded to a collision at South Fraser Way and Hill-Tout Street involving a pedestrian who was struck at a crosswalk by a transit bus.
Police, fire and ambulance attended the scene and located a seriously injured nine year old female pedestrian, who was transported to hospital via ambulance with critical injuries.
Unfortunately, the victim succumbed to her injuries in hospital shortly after arrival.
The Abbotsford Police Department offers condolences to the family and friends of this young girl.
The driver of the transit bus remained on scene and is cooperating with investigators.
Abbotsford Police Department Major Crime Unit detectives, Collision Reconstructionists, Patrol Division officers and BC Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement Investigators are all now investigating.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859- 5225, to text APD at 222973 (abbypd) or to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Statement from Manuel Achadinha, BC Transit President and Chief Executive Officer:
I, along with everyone at BC Transit, am extremely saddened to hear of the passing of the nine-year old girl involved in an incident with a BC Transit bus this morning in Abbotsford. Our hearts and thoughts are with her family and friends. Our thoughts are also with the driver and the other witnesses of the event including passengers on the bus.
BC Transit takes safety very seriously, and is cooperating fully with the Abbotsford Police Department, BC Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement, and other partners to investigate what occurred. BC Transit will also be conducting an internal investigation to determine if there are any additional measures that can be taken to prevent this type of incident from occurring in the future.
As there is an on-going investigation, the Abbotsford Police Department will need to respond to further questions about the specific incident.