Multiple injuries in SEPTA bus crash in Chinatown

PHILADELPHIA - April 4, 2014

Officials say 22 people were injured after a car collided with a Route 23 SEPTA bus in the Chinatown section of the city around 5:00 p.m.

Police say the driver of a white Mazda traveling westbound on Vine Street ran a red light and slammed into the bus knocking the driver from his seat.

The impact caused the bus to careen onto the side walk striking several parked cars before knocking down a power a pole.

"I was in the back of the bus," said Antwine Bethel. "A passenger got on and sat down. I saw a white car approaching taking a light, and I just blacked out."

Officials say the 57-year old male driver had to be extricated from the wreckage. He was transported to Hahnemann Hospital as a trauma alert.

"When the bus got hit, he was knocked out of the seat. That's when the bus hit the pole, and someone jumped up and stepped on the brake," said Alphonso Blackwell.

Passengers say the impact was powerful.

"A lot of screaming. A lot of chaos. A lot of older people that was in the front that were standing who got hurt," said Blackwell.

Officials say all of the injured were transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

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