Drivers injured in crash involving DDOT bus, city says

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Two drivers were injured Wednesday morning in a crash involving a bus from the Detroit Department of Transportation, according to the city.

A DDOT bus collided with another vehicle around 5:30 a.m. at Mack and Chalmers, city spokesman John Roach said. The impact sent both vehicles sliding into the parking lot of a nearby Valero gas station.

“(The bus driver) and the driver of the passenger vehicle were taken to the hospital with minor injuries,” Roach said. “As a matter of routine, the driver will be screened for drugs and alcohol.”

Four bus passengers were not injured in the crash.

The driver is a 13-year veteran, according to Roach. The crash is not expected to affect bus service Wednesday.

A DTE Energy crew responded to the scene of the crash to address a traffic light wire hanging near the ground, spokeswoman Amanda Knaebel said.

“The bus hit and struck a pole that services the traffic lights. (The pole) is actually owned by (Detroit’s) Public Lighting Authority,” Knaebel said. “It broke, causing the wire to be suspended about 10 feet off of the ground. So there were no wires actually on the ground but it still posed a potential safety hazard.”

The crew remained at the scene for about four hours, removing the hanging wire and broken pole, Knaebel said. Workers then waited until Public Lighting Authority representatives arrived to handle further damage assessment and repairs.

Detroit police are investigating the crash, Roach said. That department was not immediately available to comment.

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