A Hartford city bus was involved in a serious crash early in the morning of Friday, November 27, 2015, resulting in at least three injuries. The driver of the bus was seriously hurt in the collision, and two others also sustained injuries. Ambulance drivers who arrived on scene reported that two of the three injuries were very serious, but that all people hurt in the crash are expected to survive after receiving medical treatment.
The bus collided with a car and came to a stop when it hit a tree next to a fence outside of a UPS facility on Locust Street, just west of Interstate 91. The stretch of Locust Street between Wawarme Avenue and Elliot Street East was closed for a time as police investigated the scene and the crash site was cleared away. The exact cause of the crash is not known at this time, but the bus sustained severe front-end damage after crashing into the tree, and the car involved in the crash sustained significant rear-end damage, presumably resulting from the crash.
There has been no word on whether road conditions may have played a role in the crash, nor on whether either vehicle’s drivers may have been under the influence of controlled substances at the time of the accident. The number of passengers on board the bus and number of occupants of the car are also unknown at this time. The bus was owned and operated by Connecticut Transit, and officials from CT Transit have yet to release a statement regarding the incident.
According to data published by the Connecticut Department of Transportation, 640 road accidents in 2008 involved commercial buses (as opposed to school buses), and of those, 119 bus accidents resulted in injury. The small state saw a total of nearly 200,000 crashes on its roads in that same year.