SEPTA paratransit bus hit by alleged drunk driver overturns

Posted: July 15, 2014

An alleged drunken driver ran a red light and rammed a SEPTA paratransit bus in Fairhill, causing it to overturn and sending five people to nearby hospitals, Philadelphia police said.

The 48-year-old driver of a brown Cadillac was driving southbound on North Sixth Street when he failed to stop at a red light at West Cambria Street, hitting the bus around 2 p.m., police said.

The bus - part of SEPTA's Customized Community Transportation program for senior citizens and people with disabilities - overturned and also hit a light pole.

The three passengers on board were taken to Temple University Hospital, SEPTA spokeswoman Kristin Geiger said, and the bus operator to Hahnemann University Hospital. All suffered neck and back pain and cuts to the face, according to a police spokeswoman.

A 25-year-old pedestrian was also hurt after the light pole fell on his back, police said. He was also taken to Hahnemann.

The injured were listed in stable condition.

The driver of the Cadillac suffered no apparent injuries, police said, and was arrested on DUI charges.

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