The driver of the bus is "experienced" and holds "driver-training certification," according to a statement from The Wilson's Group, which owns Wilson's Transportation Ltd., whose 2001 Prevost XL2 bus was the one in the accident. The driver sustained non-life threatening injuries and has been released from the hospital, it said.
Brendan McCullough, owner of Victoria-based McCullough Coach Lines, knows the challenges of the route to Bamfield. He said he no longer books charters there because he doesn't believe newer-model coaches can handle the "pitching and banging."
On one memorable trip in 2010 while he was driving two dozen high-school students from Edmonton to the Bamfield centre, he said heavy rains forced him to take multiple detours on the logging roads until they were eventually forced to stop for the night.
There was no cellular phone service to call for help, so in the morning McCullough said he used a bicycle he kept in the bus to ride several hours until he found a road construction contractor. The contractor was able to get a crew to fix the road so they could drive the bus out.
"It's just not a well travelled route," McCullough said.
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 15 September 2019 - 05:31 PM.