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One Dead After Bus Crashes into Philadelphia Home

One person was killed and several others were injured in Philadelphia on Thursday after a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority bus crashed into a home in the city’s Northeast side.

Authorities are calling this a freak accident, CBS Philadelphia reports.

Details of the Fatal Pennsylvania Bus Crash

Chaos erupted in Northeast Philadelphia on Thursday night at the intersection of Frankford and Morrell Avenues when a SEPTA bus ran a red light shortly after 6 p.m., hitting two cars, before crashing into a home, authorities say.

Police say the bus had at least 10 passengers on board as it was traveling eastbound on Morrell Avenue. Upon making a turn onto Frankford Avenue, it ran into a white Lincoln. The woman driving that Lincoln then hit a red Ford Fusion that was going northbound on Frankford.

The authorities said that three people sitting in the front of the home that the bus crashed into. The bus hit a 21-year-old woman, and 28-year old man who were both taken to the hospital. A 53-year old man who was hit died instantly.

The 49-year-old bus driver was also taken to the hospital.

Damage was suffered to the front of the home. Licenses and Inspections will be on scene to look at the physical integrity of the home, but that pales in comparison when a life was lost enjoying a summer day outside.

Detectives spent the early part of the evening looking through internal and external video from the bus. That video will provide the real story about what happened.

Bus and Truck Accident Statistics

  • According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 3,978 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes.
  • The number of injury crashes involving buses and large trucks increased by 55 percent between 2009 and 2014.
  • From 2004 to 2014, intercity bus accidents accounted for 13 percent of all fatal bus crashes. School buses accounted for 41 percent and transit buses accounted for 33 percent.

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If you or your child have been injured in a bus accident, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our team of experienced bus accident attorneys are available to evaluate your claim 24/7, nights and weekends. Thomas J. Henry has the financial resources and the track record of winning that you need in a law firm. Contact us today for a free case review. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.


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