PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Seventeen people were injured in two separate accidents involving Port Authority buses in under 12 hours.
The first accident happened at the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Smithfield Street around 11:30 p.m.
According to the Port Authority, it appears as though the car ran a red light and hit the bus.
The drivers of both vehicles complained of head injuries at the scene and were taken to a local hospital for treatment.
One bus passenger’s head reportedly hit a glass window hard enough to break it. Another person suffered a broken arm in the accident.
In all, five people were taken to the hospital.
“There was obviously a lot of people on the bus at the time and when a bus is in an accident of any kind, there’s a lot of neck and back injuries. People get jolted,” Port Authority’s Jim Ritchie said.
The road was closed for about two hours.
The second crash happened around 9 a.m. Monday on Forbes Avenue near the Armstrong Tunnel.
Two bus passengers, a 19-month-old child and a 35-year-old, were taken to the hospital.
“It is pretty much a coincidence. Our vehicles are on the road, we have 700 busses-plus in our fleet. They’re out from 4:30 in the morning well beyond midnight and there are times when they are involved in accidents,” Ritchie said.
The injuries in both accidents are not considered to be life threatening.
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