10 Injured After Cement Truck Hits Port Authority Bus
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Ten people were injured when a cement truck collided with a Port Authority bus Downtown Wednesday morning.
According to officials at the scene, the accident happened near the intersection of Second Avenue and Ross Street around 10 a.m.
“Everybody was screaming and hollering,” said Linda Tyler, of Homestead. “We thought the truck was going to explode.”
The cement truck rear-ended the bus. As a result, 10 passengers on the bus were injured.
“The cement truck rear-ended the bus and kind of glanced off the side of it. At that point, the cement truck flipped over,” Port Authority Police Lt. Matt Porter said.
However, none of the injuries are believed to be serious.
The 57 Hazelwood bus and the driver of the Essroc Cement truck were both inbound, headed into town when the accident happened.
Nine of the injured people were taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital, while one person was taken to Magee-Womens Hospital.
“I was sitting in the back of the bus, on the side the truck hit, and it just pushed me straight forward right into the pole that you hold onto, and it hurt the whole side of my body,” said one of the bus passengers.
“Babies on the bus, people panicking, it was scary,” added passenger Corey Wilson, of Hazelwood. “I don’t even want to get on the bus to go home.”
Corey Wilson and his friend, Joseph Williams, both suffered leg injuries. Wilson had a concussion, but said they were worried about the truck driver.
“Me and Corey were the first ones to get off and we ran over to the truck and jumped up on the truck to try to get the guy out,” said Williams.
They say initially the driver was unconscious.
“We had to break the glass window, the passenger-side with our feet, and get down and pull the guy out,” Williams said.
The Port Authority continues investigate what caused the accident.
Meanwhile, no one from Essroc Cement was available to comment.