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Hydro workers assess the scene after a crane tipped over causing several hydro poles to snap and power lines to fall onto a TTC bus below in Toronto, Monday August 20/2012. About 30 passengers were trapped on the bus for an hour before they were taken from the bus by policeKevin Van Paassen/The Globe and Mail

All passengers and a driver on a Toronto Transit Commission bus in west Toronto have escaped without injury after live power lines fell onto the vehicle.

A construction crane collapsed just before 2 p.m. Monday, knocking down power lines and trapping those inside the bus.

TTC spokeswoman Milly Bernal says all 28 people have safely gotten off the bus (near Kipling Avenue and Rexdale Boulevard) after power in the area was cut.

Police Supt. Ron Taverner says the crane operator has been taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

"It certainly could have been a lot worse," he said.

"The crane came down on a very busy arterial road... There could have been cars or people or any number of things that could have happened but didn't happened, thank goodness."

He called the bus driver a "hero" for making sure all of the passengers stayed on the bus while the live power lines were strewn across the vehicle.

Toronto Hydro shut off power to the area and then made sure the lines were completely "de-energized," spokeswoman Tanya Bruckmueller said.

She said that roughly 400 customers in the area were affected by the shut off.

Supt. Taverner says the road could be closed for days as crews clear away the downed power lines and the toppled crane.

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