Thursday, January 15, 2015

Metrolinx and GO Transit brass to meet with the media this morning

Metrolinx Chief Executive Officer Bruce McCuaig and GO Transit President Greg Percy will hold a news conference to discuss GO Transit's response to last night's tragic GO bus fatality. The conference is to take place at 10 am this morning in the executive boardroom of Metrolinx's Toronto headquarters.

According to a media release issued by Metrolinx, they will not be commenting or speculating about the investigation into the crash currently under review by the Ontario Provincial Police.

Radika Nankissoor, 56, of Brampton, has been identified as the passenger killed in this crash.


outburst said...

I hate to point this out, but the driver was 66 years old. That's a pretty demanding job that requires a lot of attention to detail, quick reactions, etc. My father is 64, and I know he couldn't drive something that big everyday. I'm not even sure I could.
I'm not saying that 66 year olds shouldn't be working, but him on a desk job or something.

Anonymous said...

Really? 66 is an age issue? That's a bit severe! If the driver has health problems on top of his age then maybe it's a factor but a healthy 66 year old can quite capably drive a bus.

C.J. Smith said...

^ I agree.

outburst said...

Unfortunately I don't think his age can be ruled out as a factor. We'll see what the investigation says but research shows that seniors are involved in more accidents than the rest of the population and more fatal accidents other than young new drivers. Deteriorating eyesight and reaction times are a natural part of ageing that can cause trouble behind the wheel of any vehicle let alone one that is three times the length of an average car.

Taylor said...

Um, these drivers need to pass medicals to keep their licenses. And, if you look at who is driving most charter buses, it is drivers who have retired from transit type jobs.

C.J. Smith said...

I know 40 year olds that lack the cognitive skills to drive.

Anonymous said...

This is 2015! 66 years old ain't old.

TT said...

Any body can fall asleep at the wheel. I think more important than age is how long was he working, have his shifts recently changed, or undiagnosed medical issue.

Melanie said...

1. Sit at the back of the bus!
2. Sit behind the driver!
3. The front seat is the suicide seat. Stay away!!!
4. The driver survived because he is mandated to wear a seatbelt!
5. Metrolinx and the MTO need to start installing seat belts on their coaches!