Thursday, July 15, 2010

Two bus accidents in two days for TTA

July 15, 2010 @ 06:33 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Two days, and the Huntington TTA finds itself with two accidents involving its buses.

The first accident happened about 7:20 p.m. Tuesday at 4th Avenue and 11th Street, said Paul Davis, TTA general manager.

Davis said, according to his driver, a car heading in the opposite direction hit another vehicle traveling parallel to her automobile. That glancing hit caused the vehicle to overcorrect and cross into the path of the bus.

The woman driving the car was taken to an area hospital, Davis said.

No injuries were reported on the bus, he said. It was transporting passengers at the time.

The Huntington Police Department is investigating.

In the second accident, Mark Taylor, driving TTA bus no. 1760, sideswiped a parked car near the intersection of 21st Street and 9th Avenue at approximately 5:15 p.m. Wednesday. Six passengers were aboard the bus at the time, but no one was injured.

"My neighbor came and knocked on my door and told me the car just got hit," said Whitney Whitlock. The car, a silver Infiniti, belongs to Dustin Francis and showed damage to the front corner of the bumper.

Taylor said he was traveling east on 9th Avenue and a car approached from the opposite direction. He made a move to edge closer to the curb and clipped the mirror of the car parked on the side of the road.

"I moved over just a little too far," Taylor said. "These roads are tight. I try to urge people, if they're parking on the street, to get over to the curb as close as they can."

Protocol dictates TTA drivers call accidents in to the TTA headquarters and a road supervisor is dispatched to the scene. The Huntington Police Department also responded.

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