Three-Way Crash With City Bus
Published April 5th, 2013
GAINESVILLE - Five people were transported to the hospital. One of them for serious injuries as she totaled her car when she rear-ended an RTS bus. However state troopers say she's not at fault for the accident.
People in shock and shattered glass sum up a bus ride for about 20 people this afternoon. Near the intersection of 39th avenue and 43rd street northwest gainesville, traffic slowed down for about 2 hours. All due to a car accident involving an RTS bus. According to what the passengers inside of the city bus tell me... The bus was doing its routine stop when this white small honda crashed against it. But troopers say only because another honda, a gray one failed to stop in time. Rear-ending the white honda and pushing it about 6 inches under the bus.
Ricky Riera one of the passengers in the bus says he was worried for the safety of the driver that hit them, as her car was totaled. "Immediately we noticed that she was unconscious and some of the men tried to get her out of the car. Unfortunately the doors were locked," Riera said. That's when law enforcement had to use tools to pry her from the vehicle. She was rushed to shands for serious injuries. Four others in the bus were also taken to the hospital but for minor injuries. Clint Ogburn, an injured bus passenger said, "We're trying to get my girlfriend into the ambulance now... She's having real bad neck and back pains."
Trooper Rick Brown with the Florida Highway Patrol says drivers need to be more alert to prevent this type of accident. "In this town, a college town... Buses and pedestrians and bicycles and mopeds are out all over the place and they do stop frequently in front of them and you have to use concern and pay attention," he added.
The driver at fault was physically fine and his car was drivable after the accident. He will receive a citation along with a mandatory court appearance because of injuries to others... And a judge will determine his fine and sentence.
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