A Fort Lauderdale, Florida collision involving a bus and a pickup truck sent seven people to the hospital on Tuesday, news sources report. The victims have not yet been publicly identified. The truck driver sustained serious injuries, and six bus occupants sustained minor injuries, sources say. All seven were reportedly taken to the Broward General Hospital for treatment. Police are currently conducting an investigation into the crash; so far, there have been no charges. It is unclear whether anyone will file for damages.
According to reports, the accident occurred around 9:00 Tuesday morning at a bus stop near the intersection of West Broward Boulevard and 27th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. Sources say a Broward County transit bus made a stop at the bus stop to collect passengers. A truck behind the bus failed to stop and rear-ended the bus, reports allege.
“It was a loud boom, boom. [The truck driver] hit the back of the bus going around 40 or 60 mph, and it jarred me so hard, it knocked me out of my seat,” Kenton Thomas, who was aboard the bus, reportedly said. “I called 911 and they told me to open the passenger door [of the truck]. We tried to bang on the passenger window and tried to talk to him. I just didn’t want to touch him but he was not responding for like 15 minutes, that’s when the ambulance came and took him,” witness Nathaniel Rodriguez apparently said.
The driver of the truck was rushed to the Broward General Hospital, where he was treated for his serious injuries. Six people aboard the bus also sustained minor injuries and were taken to the Broward General Hospital as well. An update on the victims’ conditions was not immediately available at press time.
Public transit is a relied-upon method of travel for many Broward County residents. However, as with all forms of motorized travel, there are risks associated with it. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were 1,463 crashes, 1,233 reported injuries, and 23 fatalities in commercial vehicle accidents in Broward County in 2010. A commercial vehicle is classified as any large vehicle.
Bus stops have been home to numerous accidents throughout South Florida over the past several month. On Wednesday, Remise Ullius of Lauderdale Lakes was waiting for a bus when a car veered off the road and struck her, reports say. Ullius, 34, died as a result of the crash. The driver, 51-year-old Bruce Williams, reportedly swerved to avoid a collision moments before the fatal accident; so far, he has not been charged with a crime. An investigation is ongoing.
According to reports, the accident occurred around 6:40 Wednesday morning as Ullius was waiting at a bus stop around West Oakland Park Boulevard, not far from Northwest 35th Avenue and the intersection of State Road 7. Williams was eastbound on SR 7 when he entered the intersection, swerved to avoid hitting his car, lost control, and crashed into Ullius. Ullius was taken to the Broward Health Medical Center where, tragically, she was pronounced dead.