SEPTA bus hits beam, passengers injured

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text">A SEPTA bus hit a beam that supports the el at the intersection of Hunting Park Avenue and Frankford Avenue in the Juniata section of Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon.  </span></div>
April 30, 2009 7:27:13 PM PDT
A bus crash in Philadelphia has sent several people to the hospital. A SEPTA bus crashed head-on into a support pole for the Market-Frankford elevated train line. Service on the elevated line was not affected but the intersection was closed to traffic.

The crash happened around 3 p.m. Thursday in the Juniata section of the city.

SEPTA spokeswoman Sylvana Hoyos says several people have reported injuries. She says the extent of their injuries isn't immediately known.

Witnesses tell Action News a driver of a white van was allegedly talking on her cell phone and drove through a red light as she was driving westbound on Hunting Park Avenue.

The van, witnesses say, then slammed into the SEPTA bus. The impact caused the bus to hit two parked cars and then crashed into the support pillar.

Police do say, however, after having interviewed a series of witnesses, they've gotten an array of accounts that have not afforded them the ability to pin down exactly what happened.

14 people in all were injured.

All of the injured, which according to police, included twelve of the people on the bus, as well as the two women in thevan, were taken to Albert Einstein, Temple, and Saint Christopher's Hospital for Children. Among the injured were a pregnant woman and a young boy.

The busdriver had to be cut out of the vehicle.

According to police, none of the injuries are life threatening.


The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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