A collision involving a car and a transit bus in the Downtown Eastside this morning has claimed the life of a senior man.
According to Vancouver Police, the incident occurred just before 9 am Saturday when a large 60-ft-long, three-door articulated bus was traveling eastbound on East Hastings Street and approaching the intersection with Princess Avenue.
At the same time, a car was also traveling northbound on Princess Avenue, and it drove right through East Hastings Street – in the path of the bus.
The bus crashed into the car, which spun out and hit an unoccupied parked vehicle.
The car that received the direct impact with the bus was being driven by a 73-year-old Vancouver resident, the sole occupant of the vehicle. He was rushed to hospital for the treatment of his injuries, but he later died.
There were no other reported injuries from the incident.
A section of East Hastings Street was closed until mid-afternoon, necessitating extensive bus route detours for much of the day. The route has since fully reopened, and the investigation is ongoing.