Ten Year Old Oakville Girl hit by a School Bus on Sixth Line in Oakville

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Ten Year Old Oakville Girl hit by a School Bus on Sixth Line in Oakville

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On Thursday, November 17, 2016, Ericton Lim, the driver of the bus involved in this incident was charged with “Fail to yield from private driveway”, contrary to section 139(1) of the Highway Traffic Act. He or his representative will appear in court on December 20th, 2016. The ten year old girl who was struck by the bus remains in serious condition.

Updated: November 15, 2016 at 9:45 AM

Halton Regional Police have informed OakvilleNews.Org that the 10 year old girl who was struck by a school bus on 6th Line will survive, but sustained critical injuries.

Original Post: November 7, 2016 at 6:30 PM

A full length school bus was turning left, in order to travel northbound out of a plaza located at 1500 Sixth Line in Oakville.

As it made its left turn, the bus struck a ten year old Oakville girl who had been riding southbound on her bicycle on the west side of Sixth Line.

The girl sustained serious injuries and was transported to the hospital for treatment. At the time of this release, she remains in serious condition. The driver of the school bus, a fifty-four year old Oakville man, was not injured.

At the time of the collision, there were no children on the bus. The bus was inspected by the Commercial Vehicle Unit and was found to be in good condition. This incident is still under investigation; therefore, no charges have been laid.

Any witnesses who have not yet spoken to police are asked to call Detective Constable Greg Cormier at 905-825-4747 ext. 5066.

Original Posted at 11:20 AM, November 7, 2016

Halton Regional Police is currently investigating a collision involving a school bus and a young cyclist in Oakville.

The 10 year old female cyclist was transported to McMaster Hospital in serious condition.

This morning just before 9:00 am a school bus was turning left onto northbound Sixth Line from a plaza driveway, just south of Upper Middle Road in the College Park community of Oakville, Ontario.

The bus came into contact with the cyclist who was travelling along the sidewalk on the west side of the roadway. The Collision Reconstruction Unit has responded to the scene. Sixth Line between Elm Road and Upper Middle is closed in both directions.

Anyone who may have witnessed this accident, please contact the Halton Regional Police at (905) 825-4747 extension 2210 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

This happens just as Halton Regional Police have launched a safety blitz called Project Get Back. The police will be hyper vigilant regarding drivers driving inappropriately around school buses, especially when the buses are stop. School bus drivers in Oakville have indicated that motorists are regularly passing their buses after they have come to a stop, deployed their stop sign, and opened the door for students. It is against the law to pass a school bus once it has come to a stop and extended it’s stop sign. If you are caught, you will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Project Get Back will run for three weeks.

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Readers Comments (4)

  1. Michael Dehn says:

    I brought up the ridiculous number of school buses coming into the University Heights neighbourhood when they had the traffic study open house and suggested that all the high school bus traffic come in the back of WOSS from Upper Middle and was told it couldn’t be done. I say it CAN and SHOULD be done. For the saftey of children on the buses and on the streets, and for the traffic flow which is getting worse every year with the new development north of HWY 5 (or parking lot 5 even with 6 lanes). The region and the town should fix the problems before they allow any new development – but what economic incentive is there? Only to the taxpayers who get stuck in the traffics. And the stress and anxiety of parents who are driving their kids to school more and more often because they worry about the traffic…..

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    • L Sharp says:

      Good suggestion, Michael Dehn. Did the Town say WHY they can’t ensure bus traffic flows into WOSS from Upper Middle? Especially now that the FI school is undergoing construction. Do they not own all the land between WOSS and Upper Middle?

      I will keep this young girl in my prayers. How tragic.

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  2. Dan B says:

    So Tragic for everyone. Personally, what should also be addressed is School Bus Design. On my route to work(via Transit) I often cross Dundas in a place where school busses are making a left in my direction. The placement of the pillars and the mirrors create a large blind spot that make it very difficult for drivers to see pedestrians. Why is it that the busses carrying that which is most precious, and which must maneuver in confined areas, tightly packed with our children, are the cheapest, least safe design? Might I add it is a design that has barely advanced since the 1940’s. Ask any school bus driver how good their left-oblique view is. Also ask how good their view of the adjacent ground area is, looking over that long nose. That this is not a daily occurrence is a testament to the drivers doing their utmost, as well as our schools trying very hard to inform and instruct our kids. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved. God bless.

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  3. Jill says:

    Very good points Dan B. My vehicle is equipped with a back-up camera, blind-spot information system, front and rear beepers, as well as cross-vehicle alert beepers. I’m not sure if any of these advances in technology would help in this situation but we must give the driver the benefit of the doubt. Bikes travelling on sidewalks can be a problem for people backing out of driveways as they approach faster than pedestrians. In this case, with the bus being behind the sidewalk, the bike may have crossed in front of it and the driver didn’t see the small cyclist. Even a simple beeper system may have alerted the driver. The beepers on my car activate if someone walks behind or in front as I try to exit a parking space.

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