Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Orange Line: 13 injured
About a week ago I posted a story about how someone decided that the rules of the road didn't apply to them, which resulted into them crashing into a bus that wasn't even open to the public yet. Now that the bus line has opened, we see that people are still driving as bad as ever.
An accident on the Orange Line today in which 13 people were injured has raised concerns about the safety of the newly inaugurated bus line.
In the wake of the crash, Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky called on the Metropolitan Transportation Agency to slow down the speed of the buses.
Critics have expressed concerns about the buses and cars navigating around each other on the new busway.
The busway — which is only for use by the buses — crosses 36 roads throughout the San Fernando Valley. During test runs, some motorists had trouble navigating the crossings.
The collision between a 60-foot-long bus carrying 40 passengers and a car occurred on Woodman Avenue, near Oxnard Avenue.
A spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said the driver of the car apparently ran a red light and collided with the bus. The driver of the car was reported in critical condition, according to Rick Jager, an MTA spokesman.