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Man charged in Toronto bus collision that killed woman

Members of the Collision Reconstruction Unit examine the scene of a crash involving a delivery truck and a TTC bus that left one person dead and others injured.

A Toronto man has been arrested after a truck hit a local transit bus, killing a woman trying to board.

Police said that Vincente Bacobe Arbis, 40, will face multiple charges, including criminal negligence causing death. He was to appear in court Friday.

The collision Tuesday came as the bus was stationary at a stop in the city's northeast end. A truck smashed into the front of the bus, near where passengers board, and came to rest alongside it.

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On Friday the police said that Mr. Arbis had been charged with criminal negligence causing death, two counts of criminal negligence causing bodily harm, dangerous operation causing death, two counts of dangerous operation causing bodily harm and dangerous operation.

According to police, the truck "crossed into the westbound lanes, mounted the curb, struck a hydro pole, struck the right-front corner of the bus ."

A 52-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene and a 43-year-old woman, both transit riders, was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries. Relatives identified the deceased woman as Manoranjana Kanagasabapathy, who left behind a husband, a son and daughter in their 20s and a nine-month-old grand-daughter.

The bus driver was among the dozen people taken to hospital Tuesday. According to TTC head Andy Byford, his employee was able to go home that same day.

"He's at home at the moment and we're making sure that he's very well looked after," Mr. Byford said Wednesday. "When I saw him [Tuesday], he was understandably completely traumatized by what had happened."

With files from Cynthia McQueen

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