Second accident near campus within eight hours

Durham Regional Police Service officers gather information from the passengers of a GO transit bus after a collision with another vehicle on Simcoe Street. This was the second collision outside of the Durham College and Ontario Tech University on the same day. Photo credit: Marc Stuempfle

Durham Region Emergency Services responded to a second collision within the past eight hours on Simcoe Street adjacent to the Durham College and Ontario Tech University campus.

Constable Ryce said Durham Regional Police (DRPS) received a call at 8:09 p.m. reporting a collision between a bus and another vehicle at the intersection of Conlin Road and Simcoe Street.

According to Ryce, the GO transit bus was travelling north on Simcoe when the traffic light changed to amber. At the same moment, a driver of a white BMW travelling southbound attempted to turn left onto Conlin.

The bus struck the back-end passenger side of the vehicle and two girls, who were passengers in the BMW, were transported to hospital with minor injuries, police said.

At this time, no charges have been laid as officers continue to collect incident reports from passengers on the GO bus.

This is the fifth accident near campus in a six-month period.

DRPS responded to an earlier accident in the same area around noon today involving two vehicles at the intersection of Founders Gate and Simcoe Street. None of the passengers involved sustained any injuries.

Firefighters respond to an accident at one of the entrances to Durham College and Ontario Tech University campus Thursday. Photo credit: Tracey Bowers-Lee

On Nov. 14, 2018, an Ontario Tech student was killed after being hit by a vehicle while walking across the intersection of Conlin Road and Simcoe Street.

In December of last year, the city of Oshawa established the area along Conlin Road and Simcoe Street North a safety zone with increased fines for speeding and careless driving.