On Tuesday, Oct. 8, Philadelphia saw three bus accidents within three hours involving SEPTA buses. At least seven people were injured that evening.
The first accident occurred when the route 47 bus was traveling south on 8th Street at approximately 8:00 p.m. and was struck by a vehicle near Vine Street, according to SEPTA.
Officials say that two passengers, including a man, aged 65, and an 84-year-old woman were taken to Hahnemann Hospital. Their injuries were not serious. The 41-year-old driver of the other vehicle, who was allegedly not wearing a seatbelt, was also taken to Hahnemann.
A little over two hours later, at 10:30 p.m., another SEPTA bus was involved in an accident in Southwest Philadelphia. A car collided with the number 52 bus at 54th Street and Spring Avenue. A 50-year-old woman who was the driver of the car was admitted to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, while the SEPTA bus driver was reported by police to have only minor injuries.
The final crash of the evening took place around ten minutes later, when police say that a driver apparently ran a red light and struck the route 33 bus at the intersection of 19th and Arch in a head-on crash. The driver of the bus was not seriously injured; no information on the condition of the driver of the other car was given.
While public transportation is generally considered a safe and reliable means of transportation, it’s a fact that passengers are not in control of the bus, nor of the other vehicles on the road. Philadelphia riders who have been injured in bus accidents may want to consult with an experienced legal advisor. Since deadlines for claims are shorter with SEPTA and other city bus cases, it’s prudent to act quickly.
6abc.com, “Multiple injured in 3 SEPTA bus crashes” No author given, Oct. 15, 2013