C-Tran employee hit by bus in bus yard

Woman sustained serious injuries

By Eric Florip, Columbian transportation & environment reporter

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Updated: March 20, 2013, 9:31 PM

 

A C-Tran employee suffered serious injuries after being struck by a bus at the agency’s bus yard early Wednesday morning.

The incident occurred at about 4:45 a.m., said C-Tran public affairs director Scott Patterson. C-Tran driver Donna Ferren was pulling a bus into a traffic lane on the large lot behind C-Tran’s administrative office when it struck Julia Johnson, who was on foot walking toward another bus, he said. Ferren’s bus made a wide turn, as the vehicles commonly do, and hit Johnson in a pedestrian walkway, Patterson said.

Johnson was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center’s intensive care unit, Patterson said. Johnson was listed in stable condition Wednesday night.

“There were serious injuries involved,” Patterson said.

Ferren is a 28-year veteran with C-Tran. Johnson, herself a bus driver, has been with the agency for six years.

It was raining at the time of the incident, Patterson said.

Ferren is on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.