Man pulled from burning wreck after collision with Calgary transit bus

Emergency crews had to work quickly to pull the driver from the burning wreckage of a sport utility vehicle after a collision with a transit bus in Calgary.

CALGARY — Emergency crews had to work quickly to pull the driver from the burning wreckage of a sport utility vehicle after a collision with a transit bus in Calgary.

Officials say the SUV’s engine compartment was ablaze and flames were eating into the passenger compartment when they arrived at the scene in a southwest neighbourhood around 8 p.m. Sunday.

Acting fire battalion chief Paul LeBlanc says crews had to make a risky rescue while the vehicle burned.

Emergency medical officials say the driver, a man in his 20s, has potential life-threatening injuries.

A second occupant, a male in his late teens, escaped from the fire and is in stable condition, while the bus driver suffered only minor injuries.

There were no passengers on the bus and investigators say they’re looking at speed and alcohol as factors in the collision because the SUV may have run a red light.

Workers also had to deal with large spill of diesel fuel.