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Falling crane brings down power lines on Toronto bus, briefly traps passengers

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 6:04 PM EDT, Mon August 20, 2012
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Crane operator taken to hospital with shoulder bruises
  • A falling power pole landed just behind the bus
  • Wires drape the vehicle, trapping people inside
  • The people on the bus are moved to safety in less than an hour

(CNN) -- Bus passengers in Toronto were trapped briefly Monday after a falling crane knocked over electrical poles, sending live power lines onto the bus, a police spokesman said.

The fallen wires also draped over the crane, whose operator was taken to the hospital because of significant shoulder bruises, said Stephan Powell, a district chief of Toronto Fire Services.

The crane operator had no broken bones, Powell said.

The Toronto Transit Bus was carrying 23 passengers, he said.

There were no major injuries in the "industrial accident," which happened at a construction site about 1:20 p.m. ET, Constable Victor Kwong said.

Passengers and the driver were able to move to safety just after 2 p.m.

Three power poles were knocked down during the incident. Video showed one of the power poles just behind the rear end of the bus, which was in the right lane of a four-lane road.

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