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'My foot is completely mangled' says woman hit by OC Transpo bus

Ottawa police are investigating "an incident involving contact between a pedestrian and a bus."
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OC Transpo bus in downtown Ottawa, February 28, 2018. (Photo/ Mike Vlasveld)

A 26-year-old Ottawa woman was rushed to hospital after she was struck by an OC Transpo bus Saturday night. 

Leila Giama was on her way home from work at around 10:30 p.m. when she got off the bus at her stop and started crossing the street. The next thing she knew, she was pinned underneath the bus. 

"It just happened so fast. I didn't even realize I was underneath the bus," she said on the phone from her hospital bed. "I tried to move my foot and I couldn't move it all. So I took a look and realized I was stuck underneath the bus."

The bus had been turning right as Giama crossed the street, where she said she had the right of way. 

As she laid on the ground under the bus, Giama said she heard the bus driver yell that he had not seen her. He then got back into the bus and moved it off of her foot, which was stuck underneath it. 

An ambulance arrived shortly after and took her to the hospital, where she had surgery in the morning. She said she has two broken bones in her foot and that surgeons were unable to repair the skin on the top of her foot. 

"My foot is completely mangled," she said. 

Doctors have told her she could be in hospital for up to eight weeks. 

The city has confirmed that police are investigating the incident. 

"We can confirm that an incident involving contact between a pedestrian and a bus occurred last night," said a statement from Troy Charter, director of the city's transit operations. "An investigation is underway." 

The city referred all questions about the incident to the Ottawa Police Service, which did not immediately respond to requests for comment. 

Giama said she is still waiting to hear anything from OC Transpo representatives since the incident. 

"I'm shocked," she said. 

 




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