Passengers onboard a 99 B-Line articulated bus had a bit of a fright when the walls inside the vehicle began to bleed a blood-red-coloured liquid.
A video titled “Public Transit Horror Show: TransLink, There Will Be Blood” and posted onto YouTube documents the incident that occurred on Thursday, March 19 as the bus was making its way to UBC.
The description on the video parallels the experience to a scene out of The Shining, with video recorder Luka Banicevic joking that the “bus might need an exorcism.”
Passengers in the almost-full bus can be heard in the video yelling at the driver to pull over, stop the bus and open the doors to let everyone out.
“It’s flammable, possibly,” said one individual. “What is that? It stinks.”
According to TransLink, the incident was a non-toxic and non-flammable leak of hydraulic fluid. However, hydraulic fluid can cause irritation to the skin and eyes, and can be toxic if swallowed. The bus is built with mechanical steering with power assist, so the safe steering of the bus was not affected.
Nobody was injured and the bus was safely parked and towed back to the maintenance garage.
“TransLink take all leaks very seriously. All incidents are promptly and thoroughly investigated,” spokesperson Chris Bryan told Vancity Buzz. “Once repairs are made, our vehicles are road tested prior being returned to service. At no time were passengers in any danger. ”
The vehicle returned to service after a two-hour repair, but the cause of the leak is not known.
“We apologize to any of our passengers who may have been distressed by the incident.”