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The TTC bus driver who was involved in an accident that sent nine passengers to hospital Thursday morning has been charged with careless driving.

Emergency response crews were called shortly after 9 a.m. to Bay Street near Wellesley Street after a bus braked suddenly, throwing passengers forward.

Those onboard suffered injuries to their back, neck, and legs, said Constable Tony Vella, because when the bus suddenly stopped, "some of them fell to the floor."

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Nine people were sent to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries, according to police.

The driver, whose identity has not yet been released, braked to avoid hitting a car in front of the bus, Const. Vella said.

Police said the bus driver is accused of not paying attention to the conditions of the road and has been charged with careless driving under the Highway Traffic Act.

TTC buses seat 36 people but "between 8 and 9, that's a busy time on the [6 Bay route]so there's obviously people standing on the bus" says TTC spokesman Danny Nicholson who estimates that the bus was carrying 50 to 60 people when it came to a sudden stop.

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