Norfolk HRT Bus Crash Leaves At Least 11 Hospitalized
Any time I read about an accident involving commercial vehicles, I cringe because the potential for serious trauma and injuries is heightened. Mass transit is supposed to be an option that affords citizens a safe, reliable way to travel around the area.
Unfortunately, wrecks involving large buses and trains often result in catastrophic injuries to the passengers. A wreck was reported today in Norfolk, when an HRT bus and a City of Norfolk dump truck collided, sending 11 people to the hospital.
The Norfolk HTR bus crash occurred at the corner of 26th Street and Waverly Way, in the Villa Heights section of Norfolk. According to the TV station Channel 13, an HRT spokesperson said the bus involved was operating Route 3. The city dump truck appears to have caused the wreck.
The bus had just completed boarding a passenger when the dump truck rear-ended it. It then proceeded forward, tearing off the front of the bus. The out-of-control truck crossed a sidewalk and crashed into the church’s brick wall. The front of the bus sustained serious damage.
Eight passengers on the bus and three occupants on the dump truck were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries after the Norfolk HRT bus crash, according to news reports.
The cause of the crash is still being investigated by Norfolk Police Department.
We see large numbers of HRT buses in cities like Norfolk and Portsmouth. Motorists should use extra caution when driving around these vehicles. Recently, we highlighted concerns about safety standards on HRT buses.
However, the latest crash in Norfolk raises more questions about the safety of dump trucks on urban roads. Dump trucks, tractor trailers, cement trucks, and other immense hauling vehicles are particularly dangerous on the roadways of our cities. These vehicles significantly outweigh the normal passenger vehicle, so any impact is that much more severe, often leading to serious injuries.
If you or a family member has been injured in a crash involving an HRT bus or a dump truck, please contact the experienced personal injury team at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers. These types of cases involving commercial vehicles require a special degree of familiarity and experience that the attorneys of Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers use to help those injured in bus and truck crashes. Please call us at 757-333-3333 for a free consultation.