Megabus driver cleared in 2015 crash; suffered health event says Crown

A South Glengarry firefighter walks toward a Megabus, involved in a two-vehicle crash on June 23, 2015. The bus collided with a tractor trailer in the westbound lanes of Highway 401, east of Lancaster, Ont.

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CORNWALL – A Cornwall Crown attorney says medical records indicate a Megabus driver had some sort of health event before crashing into the back of a transport truck on Highway 401 in South Glengarry in 2015.

As such, the Crown has dropped a careless driving charge against Gary Graham of Lombardy, Ont. (in Rideau Lakes Township, northwest of Brockville).

The Megabus – heading to Kingston from Montreal – slammed into the back of a tractor-trailer near the MTO weigh scales in Lancaster on June 23, 2015.

The motor coach with 45 aboard careened into a stand of trees – 19 people were treated for minor injuries. South Glengarry had to declare a state of emergency and set up a triage area at a local recreation center so emergency personnel could treat the wounded.

Crown attorney Jason Pilon told the Provincial Offences Act court Thursday (Feb. 1), he and the defence have been sharing medical records during the judicial pretrial and council pretrail phases of the case, which has been going on for the past couple of years.

Based on those medical documents, it appears that Graham, who is in his mid-60s, had some sort of “unanticipated health incident” in the moments before the crash and likely passed out behind the wheel.

Since that evidence would bring reasonable doubt to the Crown’s case, it moved to drop the charges.

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