Unbuckled SEPTA Driver Falls Out of Seat During U-Turn, Sending Bus Crashing onto Train Tracks | NBC 10 Philadelphia
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Unbuckled SEPTA Driver Falls Out of Seat During U-Turn, Sending Bus Crashing onto Train Tracks

Surveillance video shows a SEPTA bus driver laying on the floor of the vehicle after falling out of the driver's seat while making a U-turn on Tuesday. The fall resulted in a crash that injured three people, including the driver. (Published Thursday, May 7, 2015)

An unbuckled seat belt set off a series of events that led to a SEPTA bus careening out of control, jumping a concrete barrier and landing on train tracks in South Philadelphia, the transit authority said. The crash injured the bus driver and two passengers.

The Route 29 bus driver was making a U-turn along Columbus Boulevard at Dickinson Street around 6 p.m. Tuesday when she slipped out of her seat and lost control of the bus.

SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams said the driver was trying to detour around a CSX freight train that blocked the bus' usual path at Tasker Street. Bus drivers are required to wear seat belts at all times, Williams said.

"We believe that this accident would not have occurred if she had her seat belt on," Williams said.

A SEPTA bus jumped a barrier and landed in on train tracks, in the path of a cargo train, along Columbus Boulevard Tuesday.
Photo credit: Lauren Ferrett

Surveillance video from onboard the bus showed the driver, a 10-year veteran, falling from her seat and the violent crash. Two women passengers were thrown forward from the impact. All three were hospitalized and suffered non-life-threatening injuries. A third passenger was not hurt.

CSX workers on the train, stopped just feet from the crash, immediately rushed to render aid and call 911.

Witness Lauren Ferrett told NBC10 on Tuesday it appeared the bus took the U-turn at a high rate of speed.

SEPTA continues to investigate the incident. The driver will face disciplinary action and could lose her job, Williams said.

 

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