St. Albert family ‘shaken’ after bus crashed into backyard
Julia Parrish, CTV Edmonton
Published Tuesday, September 30, 2014 8:22PM MDT
Last Updated Wednesday, October 1, 2014 3:52PM MDT
A family in St. Albert had a shock Tuesday evening, when a City bus crashed into their backyard and deck as they were having dinner.
Police said the City bus crashed into the backyard located at Haviland Crescent Tuesday at about 6:15 p.m.
RCMP on the scene said a passerby told nearby officers that the crash had taken place.
“This bus passed through two yards, it went through the first yard and came to a rest against the deck of the second house,” Cpl. Laurel Kading with St. Albert RCMP said at the scene.
“In the first house, no one was home at the time, in the second house the family was home having supper.”
Scott Drazek and his wife and daughters had just sat down for supper in their kitchen when the whole incident unfolded.
“We had just sat down for supper and we heard a loud – I don’t know how to explain it – grinding noise,” Drazek said. “My wife got up from the table; she looked outside screamed and just said ‘Run’.
“[We] grabbed our girls and just started running out the door.”
Drazek told CTV News he had no idea what his family was running from until they were all safely outside.
“Once we got out the door I asked her why we were running, and she said a bus was coming through, I looked to the side of our house to the back and the bus was there,” Drazek said.
Drazek said he then accessed the bus and checked to make sure the driver was okay, and checked for any passengers, as paramedics arrived.
Kading said only the bus driver was on board at the time of the crash – RCMP were investigating the cause of the crash.
According to Kading, St. Albert transit officials and police were investigating – she said the driver believed the bus’ steering locked up before the crash.
Emergency crews and police were on the scene a short time after the crash.
The bus driver was taken to hospital as a precaution with minor injuries.
“We’re lucky that the bus driver and the family are all ok,” Kading said. “They’re all a little shaken.”