- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 2, 2003

ASSOCIATED PRESS

At least 10 persons were hurt — two seriously — in a crash yesterday involving a Metrobus, a Howard University shuttle bus, a sport utility vehicle and a pickup truck.

The two most seriously injured were in a Ford Bronco, fire department spokesman Alan Etter said.

“The driver of the Metrobus is unbelievably lucky, as are the two individuals in that Bronco, that they were able to get away from this,” Mr. Etter said. “We had to cut them out of the Bronco, but they were conscious.”

The crash happened about 3:15 p.m. at the corner of Sherman Avenue and Barry Place NW.

Several witnesses said the driver of the Bronco ran a red light.

“The Bronco jumped the light at Barry and Sherman, and the shuttle bus hit the Bronco broadside,” said Reggie Hales, 47, of Clinton, a Howard University employee who saw the accident occur. He said the Bronco flipped three times before being struck broadside by an approaching Metrobus.

“The Bronco ran the red light,” said witness Shirley Hill, adding that as the vehicle flipped and rolled after the initial impact it toppled a light pole on a traffic median. The pole ended up in the middle of the road, about 100 feet from its original position.

The shuttle, operated by International Limousine Service, was contracted to carry Howard University students. It came to a stop in the middle of the intersection.

In addition to the two men in the Bronco, eight other persons were hospitalized — five persons on the 68 Metrobus to Petworth, and two Howard University students and a third person on the shuttle bus. All had minor injuries.

The posted speed limit at the crash location is 25 mph.

Investigators were reconstructing the accident last night. The had not officially determined who was at fault, and had not charged anyone.


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