22 hurt after car smashes into SEPTA bus

Posted: April 06, 2014

TWENTY-TWO PEOPLE were hospitalized yesterday after a violent crash sent a SEPTA bus careening into a building in Chinatown, authorities said.

The collision happened just before 5 p.m. yesterday at the intersection of 11th and Vine streets, SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said.

A Mazda sedan blew through a red light on Vine Street and slammed into the side of a Route 23 bus, forcing the bus onto the sidewalk, where it smashed into a traffic light, three parked cars and the side of the Chinese Christian Church & Center before coming to a stop, SEPTA Transit Police Chief Thomas J. Nestel said at the scene.

The victims were taken to various hospitals in the wake of the crash, Busch said. That number included the bus driver - who a source at the scene said was knocked unconscious during the crash - and the female driver of the Mazda. None of the injuries were deemed life-threatening, Busch said.

Several passengers told investigators that a bus rider grabbed the wheel away from the injured driver and steered the vehicle to safety, although police at the scene couldn't confirm those reports.


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