A bus carrying 32 people was struck by a dump truck at the intersection of Bumby and Firth Avenues yesterday, 9 October, at 5:15 p.m. Most of the passengers were returning home from work at the local aircraft plant. Officials at City Hall declined to make a statement and would not verify the company owning the dump truck, whose 57 year old driver was cited for running a red light and reckless driving causing injury. According to state statutes, if a death occurs the charges can be upgraded to vehicular homicide.
City Hospital revealed they had received numerous passengers and the bus driver as accident trauma victims following the accident, but refused to give any names or medical status of any, except to say that the bus driver had been admitted in critical condition and his status was unchanged. The dump truck driver sustained minor injuries and was not admitted to the hospital, but treated and released.
The light and road conditions at the intersection were clear and dry at the time of the accident. Witnesses said the dump truck did not appear to attempt to brake at all before colliding with the metro city bus. One witness said two passengers had been thrown against the windows so hard their heads actually broke through the glass and both victims were unconscious and bleeding heavily when transported by the paramedic team.
City Police Chief stated that this was the worse vehicular accident in terms of personal injuries inside the city limits during his 10 year tenure as Police Chief.
One child, a four year old girl who said her name is Laurie, was found hiding and crying, visibly shaken, in the back of the metro bus when paramedics were removing injured passengers. No one stepped forward to identify the child or her family at the accident scene. After attending medics evaluated her as uninjured physically, the child was placed into the care of Social Services until her family can be located among the injured or elsewhere. Anyone who might know Laurie and her family are asked to contact Social Services in City Hall immediately.
This is the fortieth traffic accident with injuries so far this year in the state. New legislation banning use of cell phones while driving is intended to relieve this statistic for the coming year. Also within this year vehicular accidents caused by alcohol or substance abuse were up 20 percent, and deaths in traffic accidents were up 2 percent. When the seatbelt law was imposed all accidents took a temporary drop, but the figures have been rising steadily during 2017.
With such negative traffic accident statistics, it is imperative that all drivers take responsibility for the safe operation of their motor vehicle and the vehicle's proper safety maintenance.
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