Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Minor injuries reported after bus hit by truck

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Seven people suffered minor injuries when a delivery truck struck a Metrobus Monday afternoon in Aspen Hill, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority officials reported.

The Y9 bus to Montgomery General Hospital in Olney was struck around 1:45 p.m. as it traveled on Georgia Avenue at Aspen Hill Road, said Steven Taubenkibel, a spokesman for WMATA.

The bus was letting passengers off at a bus stop, he said.

Taubenkibel said about 40 people were on the bus. Six passengers and the bus driver reported minor injuries. Five were taken to Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring and two went to Montgomery General Hospital, he said.

Traffic on northbound Georgia Avenue was shut down for a short time, but more lanes were gradually let through, said Officer Melanie Hadley, a spokeswoman for Montgomery County Police. The collision was eventually cleared around 3 p.m.

Damage to the bus was minor, Taubenkibel reported.

Officer Steve Pascali, a spokesman for county police, said the delivery truck driver was cited for failure to control speed to avoid a collision.

Neither police nor Taubenkibel could identify the deliver truck company.