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Passengers freed after TTC bus hits pole downtown

Last Updated Dec 30, 2016 at 5:48 am EST

Emergency crews respond after a TTC bus crashed into a light pole in Toronto on Dec. 29, 2016. CITYNEWS/Adrian Golombek

The TTC was not “The Better Way” for a group of passengers Thursday evening when their bus hit a pole.

The bus was covered in live wires after the crash, and emergency workers had to use the jaws of life to free passengers from the wreckage at Queen and Sherbourne streets after 5 p.m. The riders were trapped inside because of the fallen hydro wires after the crash.

“I was in one of the back seats,” said Andrew Combeer. “I wasn’t really even paying attention, and all of a sudden it was just jolted awake and the lights had gone off in the bus and the light pole came down right next to us. I think he just crashed into the light pole.”

No serious injuries were reported — only bumps and bruises — but seven people were taken to hospital.

The road was shut down for the investigation and cleanup but has since been reopened.

There’s no word yet on what led to the crash.