The Pensacola Police Department responded to reports of an accident and found that four people had been hurt in a crash between a car and a bus. The bus was being driven for Escambia County Area Transit, and the wreck happened in downtown Pensacola.
The crash was at roughly two in the afternoon, at the intersection where West Government and South E come together. The car appears to have blown right through the stop sign at that intersection, causing it to crash into the bus as it moved out into the street.
The impact was hard enough not only to injure people on the bus, but to send the bus itself careening off of the road. There, it smashed into a fire hydrant, ran through a fence and finally came to a stop.
The car, a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta, was being driven by a 22-year-old woman. She did get a traffic citation for causing the wreck, and she ended up in the hospital with injuries that weren't considered life-threatening. However, reports did not indicate why she failed to stop at the sign.
On the bus, the driver was hurt, along with two passengers. Four other people on board were not injured.
Those using public transportation have a basic expectation of safety, and anyone who violates their rights and causes injuries could be held liable for the costs that stem from those injuries. Even in cases where no injuries were life-threatening, such as this one, medical bills can be quite high. It's very important, then, for people to know their rights to compensation.
Source: Pensacola News Journal, "Four injured after car runs stop sign, hits bus," Jan. 03, 2017