Baystate Health doctor killed in bus crash in Canada

  • —Baystate Medical Center

Published: 8/15/2017 4:35:14 PM

A Baystate Health obstetrician was killed Sunday in Vancouver, British Columbia, after he and two family members were struck by a charter bus.

Vancouver police said Dr. Michael P. Plevyak, 49, of East Longmeadow, a 15-year-old girl and an elderly man were standing near Burrard Street and Canada Place around 10 a.m. Sunday when a charter bus traveling at low speed collided with a parked vehicle. The bus also struck Plevyak and two of his family members, police said.

Plevyak died in the incident. The teen suffered minor injuries, while the elderly man was seriously injured and remained hospitalized Tuesday, according to police.

A statement from police identified all victims as related and from Massachusetts. Plevyak was vacationing with his family, according to police and Baystate Health.

Plevyak worked in the obstetrics and gynecology department at Baystate Health in the maternal-fetal medicine division. He was an assistant program director in the obstetrics-gynecology residency program and an assistant professor of obstetrics-gynecology at Tufts University School of Medicine.

“Dr. Plevyak leaves a legacy here as a beloved physician and educator, whose good work and commitment to his patients and colleagues will be sorely missed,” Dr. Andrew W. Artenstein, Baystate Health chief physician executive, said in a statement. “Our deepest sympathies go out to his family during this difficult time.”

According to an article in Monday’s Vancouver Sun, the bus crashed into a silver Ford SUV that looked like it was being loaded with luggage. The SUV’s trunk door was stuck in the window of the driver’s side of the bus, causing it to shatter.

At least two people were pinned under the bus, one unconscious and the other groaning, the newspaper reported.

Mushfiqur Rahman, a witness, told the Sun that after the collision happened, numerous people rushed to the bus to help.

“I saw the face of the (bus) driver, he was in pain,” he said. “Emotional pain.”

Firefighters and paramedics worked to raise the bus off the two people trapped underneath, the Sun reported. They then performed CPR on a man before rushing him to the hospital.

A Facebook post from the Vancouver Trolley Company said it was one of the company’s tourist buses that was involved in the crash. The post said the company was deeply saddened by the crash.

“Honestly it’s shaken us in a way we could never have been prepared for,” the post read.

The company wrote that the bus driver had been working with the company for seven years and had an excellent driving record. He is cooperating fully with the investigation, which is ongoing with the Vancouver Police Department’s Collision Investigation Team.

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