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Media Statement

January 14, 2015 GO bus accident

Thank you all for joining us this morning on short notice.

My name is Bruce McCuaig, and I am President and CEO of Metrolinx. I am joined this morning by Greg Percy, the President of GO Transit.

Mr. Percy will be making a short statement concerning the events of last night’s tragedy involving a passenger fatality and two injuries on the GO Transit bus that was involved in a single vehicle accident on Highway 407. Following Mr. Percy’s statement, we will take questions. Please recognize, however, that there is an ongoing OPP investigation into this accident and we will not be able to comment in any way that compromises the police investigation.

Before Mr. Percy makes his statement, I would like to say on behalf of all the employees of Metrolinx how deeply we feel about the pain and suffering of the six people involved in this accident, and their families and friends. All of our thoughts and prayers are with these people.

I also want to say to the hundreds of thousands of people who rely on GO Transit that we are dedicated to delivering them safely to their destinations. GO Transit has been doing that throughout its 48-year history and we are committed to continue to earn their confidence.

With that, I will ask Greg Percy to provide his statement to you.

Bruce McCuaig, President and CEO of Metrolinx

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At approximately 10:00 p.m. last night, a GO Transit bus travelling eastbound on Highway 407 was involved in a single vehicle accident in the vicinity of Weston Road.

The bus had departed the Hamilton GO Centre at 8:30 p.m. for a scheduled arrival at York University at 10:10 p.m.

In addition to the driver, there were five passengers on board at the time of the accident.

As a result of the accident, one passenger has died and others have been injured. The bus driver was also admitted to hospital. The name of the passenger killed in the collision is not being released by the OPP until the family has been advised. The OPP are investigating the cause of the accident. As a result, we are not in a position to comment on the circumstances of the accident.

While it is premature to speculate on the cause of this tragic incident, I can promise our customers that we will continue to cooperate fully in the OPP investigation.

What we can say is that our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the passenger who was killed in the accident, as well as those who were injured.

Our prime commitment to our customers is to get them to their destinations safely.

I want to assure the hundreds of thousands of people who rely on GO Transit every day that we will continue to place the highest priority on their safety.

Again, our thoughts and prayers are with the six people involved in the accident and their loved ones.

Greg Percy, President of GO Transit

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