Wrong-way driver causes school bus to brake, 2 Philly Streets Department workers in truck injured

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Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Wrong-way driver leads to school bus crash, 2 city workers injured
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A wrong-way driver led to a chain reaction crash that sent two Philadelphia city employees to the hospital, police say.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Two Philadelphia Streets Department employees were taken to the hospital after crashing into the back of a school bus that had students on board in Grays Ferry.

It happened around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday near the intersection of 34th Street and Grays Ferry Avenue.

Surveillance video shows a black car making an illegal left turn out of the Conoco gas station at the intersection moments before the crash.

There is a raised median in the middle of Grays Ferry Avenue, so the driver went down the wrong side of the road toward traffic to get around it.

The car left the frame of the camera, but moments later the school bus is seen slamming on its brakes.

A city employee on the scene told Action News the car swerved in front of the bus and kept going.

The Streets Department crew was in a small dump truck behind the bus. The small truck, with a flat front, is used on narrow city streets.

When the bus driver hit the brakes, the dump truck crashed into the back of the bus.

The two workers were transported to the hospital with unknown injuries.

The accident blocked a lane and slowed traffic for at least three hours in this busy area during the morning rush.

Officials with the School District of Philadelphia said four students were on the bus heading to Furness High School.

The students were taken the rest of the way on another bus.

There were no reported injuries to anyone on the bus, according to school district officials.

Police are searching for the driver of the wrong-way vehicle.