Seven injured in shuttle bus involved wreck on Jordan Lane

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Several people were hurt in a wreck involving a Huntsville city bus and a dump truck Monday afternoon on Jordan Lane.

"It felt like a movie, to be honest, it was scary," crash witness Jacob McCoy said.

As they were driving along Jordan on a rainy Monday, Jacob McCoy and Nathan Knight had a driver's side view of what they say call a costly mistake.

"One person misjudged it all, I guess just timed it wrong," McCoy said.

"The dump truck had no time to stop. It T-boned the truck, that's when he started to flip over," crash witness Nathan Knight said.

Police say the driver of the truck was going south on Jordan Lane and attempted to turn left onto Oakwood Avenue on a solid green signal, without a green arrow. Authorities say the dump truck was traveling north on Jordan Lane and was unable to avoid hitting the pickup truck.

The crumpled pickup was wrapped around a traffic light pole. The two men say the driver was trying to pass the larger truck. A Huntsville shuttle bus caught the impact on the driver's side. The bus driver and several passengers on board were cut up and shaken up.

Police investigators have determined that the driver of the pickup is at fault for the crash for failing to yield, but there are nor arrests or criminal charges expected at this time.

"They were bleeding out of the head, a lot of blood everywhere," Knight said.

Knight says after the dump truck flipped, he ran out onto the busy street to help.

"I crawled on top of the truck, opened the door and helped pull him out," Knight said.

The crash happened before 3:00 p.m., but by 5:00, it was a slow trip home for commuters, diverted around the wreckage.

"This is a major intersection, but people are doing a great job," HEMSI director Don Webster said.

"I just hope everyone gets home to their families at the end of the day and they're safe. God will have their back," Knight said.

Huntsville police say thankfully, nobody was seriously hurt.

Webster said seven people were reported injured, all from the bus. Four people were released from the hospital by Monday evening.

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HAZMAT crews were called to the scene for a diesel fuel spill.

Northbound lanes of Jordan north of Rutledge were shut down.

"The multi-vehicle accident involving one of the City’s shuttle busses remains under investigation by Huntsville Police, and our thoughts and prayers are with those who were injured. HEMSI, Huntsville Fire & Rescue and Huntsville Police provided excellent care to the injured.  We are grateful to the citizens who also helped assist passengers before first responders arrived," said Huntsville City Director of Public Transportation, Tommy Brown. "While the accident caused delays in the Public Transit schedule yesterday afternoon, City supervisors and drivers worked hard to ensure that all passengers reached their destinations.  Public Transit is back on its normal schedule today."

 

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