ABC 10 in San Diego is reporting that an early morning bus accident involving a SUV in Chula Vista left 21 people injured, including the driver of the SUV. The accident took place on September 30 at 7:21 a.m. near the intersection of East H Street and Paseo Del Rey. The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) bus was parked at a bus stop when a woman driving a Ford Explorer rear-ended it, according to U-T San Diego.
“She was accelerating, she had just made a turn onto East H, it’s a 55 mph road, so I’m assuming she was accelerating, she was probably accelerating when she hit the bus,” said Chula Vista Police Sgt. Jim Horst.
The Ford Explorer’s air bags were deployed and it sustained major front-end damage. The driver had to be taken to the hospital. MTS officials report that 35 to 40 people were aboard the bus at the time of the accident, including 25 who were standing during the collision. Of those aboard, 20 joined the driver of the SUV in being taken to one of four area hospitals, including Sharp Coronado, Scripps, Sharp Chula Vista and Paradise Valley, with minor injuries.
“We’re talking about neck pain, head pain, back pain; no major trauma, no open cuts or broken bones,” said Chula Vista Fire Department Deputy Chief John Davidson.
The cause of the accident was still under investigation at the time of this report. Initially, authorities believe that the bright morning sun and speed may have led to the crash.
“The sun is over the east sky and she was driving eastbound,” said Sgt. Horst. “It could have been an issue in terms of her being able to see the bus, I don’t know.”
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