05/17/2012 03:06 EDT | Updated 07/17/2012 05:12 EDT

TTC bus driver charged with careless driving

Toronto police say a TTC driver has been charged with careless driving, after nine passengers were injured when a bus packed with people stopped suddenly on Thursday morning.

Police initially reported that “several riders” had been injured on a bus that had been travelling south on Bay Street near Wellesley Street. The incident happened just after 9 a.m.

Sgt. Brian Maslowski told reporters gathered at the scene that the bus had as many as 70 people on board at the time of the incident, which he said involved a “braking motion” by the driver.

“It’s too early to say exactly how those injuries happened,” Maslowski said.

“My information at this point, was that the bus was standing-room only and I think we can make, at this point, a reasonable inference that as a result of the braking action, that those passengers that were standing were the ones that were injured.”

Passenger Arlene Davis told reporters that the people on the bus were caught by surprise when the bus came to a sudden stop.

“All of a sudden, the bus driver just slammed on the brakes and people just went flying,” Davis said, who admitted being “a bit shaken up” by what happened.

Early Thursday afternoon, Const. Tony Vella tweeted that the bus driver had been charged with careless driving under the Highway Traffic Act.

TTC spokesperson Danny Nicholson told CBC News that the bus typically would be full of people at the time of day that the incident happened.

But he said the TTC does “not have an overcrowding issue on that bus route.”

Nicholson said the TTC is co-operating with the police in their investigation and is “obviously very sorry this happened.”