Because so many of us depend on SEPTA buses or commuter trains to get to and from work each day, we hope that they are operated with the utmost of care and caution. Unfortunately, accidents involving public transit in Philadelphia are quite common, and can leave people with serious injuries.
Just last weekend an accident involving a SEPTA bus and an SUV left at least five people injured in Southwest Philadelphia. Police said the accident occurred at the intersection of 47th & Spruce, which ended up looking like the site of a demolition derby with all of the damages vehicles, ambulances and police cars.
The accident occurred around 4:00 a.m. Sunday when a woman in an SUV allegedly ran a red light and collided into the Route 42 SEPTA bus, which was headed east on Spruce Street. Police said that the crash sent the bus spiraling out of control before striking a tree and several other vehicles.
A passenger on the bus who was understandably shaken by the incident said that the bus was passing through a green light when the SUV plowed right into its side. He said that the impact tossed at least one female passenger onto the floor of the bus.
The bus driver and at least four passengers had to be transported by ambulance to University of Pennsylvania Hospital, police said. Reportedly, they all suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Anytime you or someone you love is injured in an accident involving public transportation, it is best to consult an attorney right away. This is because the insurance issues are likely to be complex and challenging, and you may not know what your claim is actually worth.
Source: ABC Local Philadelphia, “5 injured in SEPTA bus, SUV crash,” Dann Cuellar, March 18, 2012