Firefighters remove a trapped victim at the scene of a fatal accident involving a city bus and a car in Montreal, August 14, 2012.
Credits: REUTERS/Peter McCabe
The bus crashed with a grey BMW sedan around 6:55 p.m. at an intersection in an industrial area in the city's west end, tipping the bus on its side.
The impact killed the bus driver and a 61-year-old woman who was a passenger in the BMW.
“Their deaths were ascertained at the scene,” said Robert Lamle, spokesman for the provincial ambulance service.
The sedan's driver and a bus passenger were taken to hospital with critical injuries. Nine other people were treated for shock and minor injuries.
The force of the crash caused the bus driver to be ejected from the bus and crushed underneath it. It took almost four hours for firefighters to extract his body.
Authorities said a third vehicle was involved as well.
It's not clear exactly what caused the collision, but witnesses say the bus was riding through a green traffic light when it crashed into the sedan.
"To me, driver of the BMW did not make his mandatory stop," said Danny Forbes, a passenger on the bus.
Forbes and other witnesses said they believed the bus was speeding.
"Nobody on the bus saw what happened. We only felt the impact," said passenger Jean-Robert Turgeon.
Police were investigating at the scene late into the night.