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1 Dead, 16 Injured in CATS Bus Crash

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Elsie Aniekwe2 years ago

During the evening of September 28, 2015, a deadly crash took place in uptown Charlotte, North Carolina, killing one and injuring more than a dozen others.

CATS Bus Accident Details

The accident happened at the intersection of East 3rd Street and the off-ramp from the John Belk Freeway, according to NBC Charlotte

Charlotte Police reported that a 1987 Ford F-150 pickup truck was driving down the off-ramp towards the intersection at full speed, then maneuvered in such a way as to avoid other vehicles at the red light, and ended up in the opposite lane on 3rd street facing oncoming traffic.

The front of a CATS bus struck the driver's side of the Ford F-150 pickup truck.

CATS bus #2115 was thrown off its course from the impact of hitting the Ford F-150 pick-up truck and struck a second vehicle, a2013 Lexus IS250, as a result.

Information leading up to the main investigation tells that the braking system of the Ford F-150 pickup truck may have malfunctioned sometime before the incident.

Thus far, it has not been reported that alcohol or any uncontrolled substance played a part in the accident.

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