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Dozens Injured in Metro Bus Crash Near Downtown Houston

Emma D'Arpino5 months ago

A Metro bus crash just north of Minute Maid Park in downtown Houston resulted in dozens of injuries last week.

About the Metro Bus Crash

The Houston Chronicle reports that the crash occurred shortly after 1:30 on Wednesday, near the intersection of Runnels and Chartres.  The bus collided with a pickup truck near an entrance ramp to I-10 East, causing the bus to hit a steal beam that was supporting an overhead street sign.

As many 32 people on the bus were injured, 28 of whom were transported to the hospital. While there were no fatalities and most of those transported to the hospital sustained minor injuries, one person was said to be in critical condition at the hospital. 

The driver of the Metro bus was briefly stuck inside the bus and had to be rescued by emergency officials with special tools.     

Houston police, fire officials, and Metro police all arrived at the scene.  Additionally, HFD’s AMBUS unit responded to the accident and transported injured passengers to the hospital. 

Alfredo Soto, a clerk at a nearby gas station, said, “There are always accidents at this spot, it’s bad.”

While it is unclear how the accident between the bus and truck occurred, the Houston Police Department is investigating it. 

Important Information About Bus Accidents

  • According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2012, 736 occupants of a bus or truck died in an accident.
  • Additionally, there were 3,702 fatal crashes involving buses and/or trucks in 2012.
  • It was reported that there has been a 16% increase in the large truck and bus fatality rate from 2009 to 2012.  


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