It is sheer luck that there were no pedestrians in the area when a Kingston Transit bus miscalculated a turn at a busy downtown intersection just after 9 p.m.
Lucky not only because there are normally pedestrians on the sidewalks of downtown Kingston at that time of night, but more so because the oversized turn led to the bus striking a streetlight post, causing it to topple onto the sidewalk – and smashing the Kingston Transit stop shelter beneath it.
The incident occurred at approximately 9:25 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023, at the intersection of Brock and Bagot Streets. No one was injured as a result of the crash, according to Kingston Transit and confirmed by Kingston Police.
“It appears that the bus was turning westbound onto Brock Street from northbound Bagot Street when it struck the pole, which then fell and struck the bus shelter,” Constable Ash Gutheinz, Media Relations Officer for Kingston Police, said in response to questions from Kingstonist.
“No charges were laid as a result of this collision.”
While they confirmed one of their buses struck the light post, Kingston Transit could say how much the incident would cost their organization and therefore the City of Kingston.
“The incident is still under investigation and the cost of damages are still being assessed,” Kingston Transit said in response to inquiries from Kingstonist.
“Most importantly, there were no injuries to the operator, passengers, or any pedestrians.”
Kingstonist has also requested information and an estimated cost of damages from Utilities Kingston. Just before 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023, Utilties Kingston indicated they have no further comment.