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Caught on camera: Coolant leak surprises C-Tran passengers

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

Some surprising moments about a C-Tran bus in Vancouver on  Monday when a coolant hose from an air conditioning unit suddenly sprung a leak and sprayed three passengers.

Among them, Kevin Taylor and his daughter Dora were on their way to the zoo, seated in the very back row of the bus. As surveillance cameras captured, they suddenly started yelling and jumped up as they were sprayed with the coolant near 8th and Esther. Luckily, the liquid wasn't hot and both father and daughter were fine. C-Tran gave them a ride home and apologized for the scare.

"That would sort of freak you out if it happened out of nowhere, so we certainly understand the commotion," C-Tran spokesperson Jim Quintana told Fox 12 of the surveillance video.

The driver stopped and the bus – along with the other nine in the "Opus" fleet – were immediately taken off the street to be inspected. A premature break in a coolant line was determined to be the problem and is being repaired. By Tuesday evening, half the busses had returned to service and the rest were expected to be running by the Wednesday morning commute.

"I'd just like to extend our sorrow that they missed out on their trip." Quintana said. I'm a dad of daughters, I can see how that would play out, and how disappointed you'd be and how shocked you'd be, so we just apologize to them for the trouble."

C-Tran purchased the fleet in 2004 and they are at the end of their 10-year service life, so they are expected to be replaced in the next year or so.

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