Thomas Cain boarded the doomed OC Transpo double-decker no. 8155 using the back door at Bank and Albert, at 3:36 p.m. on Jan. 11, 2019.
The military man always took an express route home from work because with fewer stops, it was a faster ride.
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Cain found a seat on the upper deck of the bus on the passenger’s side, second row, aisle seat. He took off his backpack, sat down, removed his toque and settled in for another ride. He was listening to a podcast and fell asleep pretty quickly.
The passenger was called as a Crown witness Tuesday to recount the moments leading to and after the deadly bus crash at Westboro Station, which claimed the lives of Anja Van Beek, 65, Judy Booth, 57, and Bruce Thomlinson, 56.
Rookie OC Transpo driver Aissatou Diallo, 44, is on trial for three counts of dangerous driving causing death and 35 counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm in the deadly crash.
Under examination by Crown Attorney Dallas Mack on Tuesday, Cain, the sleeping passenger, testified he was “woken by a thud” and then heard someone say “Oh my God, we hit the curb.”
“I do believe that happened,” Cain testified under examination by Mack.
After all, Cain was sleeping in the moments leading to the crash. And when he was awake, he wasn’t looking outside because the sun was too bright.
Crown prosecutor Louise Tansey has told court that Diallo didn’t wake up on Jan. 11, 2019, with malice in her heart, but she did abdicate her responsibility for 15 seconds when she let the bus drift across a lane, into a rock wall and then into the bus shelter.
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