The OC Transpo mechanic who helped investigators acquire information from the onboard laptop of the bus concerned within the deadly 2019 crash at Westboro station instructed court docket this week that the double-decker’s brakes and steering remained “responsive” after the collision.
Martin Antoine, a supervisor at OC Transpo’s Industrial Avenue depot, mentioned he was known as to town’s Swansea Public Works Storage on Jan. 31, 2019, to assist transfer the bus as a part of the police investigation.
Antoine testified Wednesday and Thursday within the judge-only trial of bus driver Aissatou Diallo, 44, who has pleaded not responsible to 38 harmful driving prices together with three prices of harmful driving inflicting dying.
Throughout their opening assertion, the Crown mentioned the double-decker had no mechanical points previous to the crash on Jan. 11, 2019, and mentioned Diallo had didn’t steer or brake correctly to keep away from placing the bus shelter. Three passengers died within the crash, and lots of extra had been injured.
Antoine, a veteran inside OC Transpo’s car upkeep division, mentioned he drove the double-decker twice on Jan. 31, from a safe car bay on the east facet of the advanced to the fireplace division service space and again.
Antoine instructed court docket the car’s brakes, steering and hand brake had been all “responsive” at the moment, with no obvious mechanical issues.
He testified that earlier than driving the bus, he checked that its wheels had been safe and tires totally inflated. He mentioned the dashboard gauges confirmed the car’s air brakes had satisfactory strain.
In reviewing the info downloaded from the onboard laptop system, Antoine mentioned a fault was detected as a result of the ability to the bus hadn’t been lower utilizing the standard shutdown sequence. He mentioned he’d instructed investigators to do this the day after the crash so the bus may very well be towed from Westboro station.
The Crown additionally introduced Antoine with measurements taken by an Ontario Provincial Police investigator and the pc system monitoring put on on the car’s braking system.
Antoine mentioned these indicators urged the braking system was in working order and wasn’t in fast want of restore or alternative.
Assistant Crown lawyer Dallas Mack additionally reviewed OC Transpo’s upkeep schedule, together with work orders from two inspections of the bus carried out in March and August 2019.
OC Transpo buses are additionally scheduled for preventative upkeep on a 60-day cycle, and are not assigned to drivers if there are excellent work orders, Antoine instructed court docket.
Antoine additionally defined that buses are outfitted with onboard computer systems that OC Transpo screens remotely to point when a fault alarm has been triggered in actual time.
Earlier Wednesday, court docket heard from Allan Smith, the motive force who was assigned to double-decker 8155 on the morning of the crash. Smith mentioned he had discovered “no points” when he carried out his every day inspection.
The trial is predicted to renew with Antoine’s cross-examination Monday.