Man dies after being hit by bus
Winnipeg police say it’s too early to tell if charges will be laid after a Winnipeg Transit bus struck and killed a man downtown Monday afternoon.
The collision occurred around 2:30 p.m. at the intersection of Graham Ave. and Fort St., just a block away from the Winnipeg police headquarters.
Police said a 50-year-old man was sent to hospital, where he died.
The investigation is ongoing and details were limited on Tuesday, and Winnipeg police spokesman Const. Rob Carver said police are reaching out for more witnesses who may have information.
“I’m not saying we haven’t interviewed witnesses, I’m saying we’d like as many as we can get,” Carver said.
Carver said it is still too early in the investigation to determine who may be at fault, but acknowledged the intersection is a high-traffic area for both vehicles and pedestrians, which can create dangerous circumstances.
“It’s a situation where you’ve got lots of buses, and lots of commuters, lots of pedestrians who are sharing the same space,” Carver said. “It’s always a balance of safety not only for the operators of the buses but people walking in the area. It’s a fact of urban life.”
Carver did not acknowledge if police believe the pedestrian walked out to the street unsafely.
The Highway Traffic Act does not recognize jaywalking as an offence in Manitoba, but does have a stipulation that stepping off a curb when unsafe can be illegal.
“So the issue becomes if you’re going to cross the middle of the street and there’s no traffic then you’re making a decision to do that,” he said.
“It’s not something you can be fined for. You’re not breaking any Highway Traffic Act code.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 204986-6271.
Police have released details related to a fatal collision that took place at Graham Ave. and Fort St.