WASHINGTON, Pa. (KDKA) — A 96-year-old woman was severely injured when a public transit van backed over her in Washington County.

Before the accident, Rose Anderson had been a passenger on the van. She was injured while unloading groceries from the van near her home.

“I heard the girl calling for help and I thought, ‘Oh my God. Something’s happened to Rose,’” Gladys Keenan said. “So I ran out and she’s laying in the road.”

The van is hired by the Washington County Transit Authority, a public agency that carries out 1,200 bus rides a day.

A subcontractor, First Transit, operates the van. They are awaiting the results of a state police inspection to determine if it was a mechanical failure or a driver error.

“The transmission was recently replaced in that vehicle, so I’m sure that’s one of the areas they’ll be looking at,” David White with the Washington County Transportation Authority said.

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