News, rumors, and other information on the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority
Tuesday, November 12, 2002
ACCIDENT IN GERMANTOWN Callowhill 5414 bus was involved in a serious accident in Germantown earlier this afternoon. At around 1:15pm, 5414 was on the 65 when it was struck by a City of Philadelphia Sanitation Department truck at the intersection of Walnut Ln and Morris St, near the Tulpehocken Rail Station on the R8 Chestnut Hill West line. WB17 reports that the trash truck reportedly skidded and spun out while eastbound on Walnut Ln, struck a curb, and blew a tire before striking the curb side of 5414. KYW 3 reports at least 25 passengers and the operator were injured and taken either to Temple University Hospital or MCP. The trash truck reportedly t-boned 5414 as it was westbound on Walnut Ln en route to 69 St Terminal. 5414 appeared to suffer some major damage to the side as it was reported that the front of the trash truck was embedded into the side of the bus. As expected, service on the 65 was disrupted for most of the day, though some residual delays on nearby Wayne Av caused some delays on the 53.
FATAL ACCIDENT An Eldorado was involved in a fatal crash on US 202/DeKalb Pike at Township Line Rd in Lower Gwynned Twp earlier this afternoon. At around 3:30pm, the bus was deadheading to Montgomery Mall to enter service as a 94 when a car travelling south reportedly crossed into the northbound lanes and hit the bus head on. NBC 10 reports that the passenger in the car was killed. The Times Herald reports that the impact of the collision sent the bus into a property on the east side of US 202, damaging two fences and a hedgeline. US 202 was closed during most of the evening rush hour, which made travel on the 96 north of Montgomery County Community College/Whitpain next to impossible.