Car crashes into Atlanta bus, shuts down busy intersection

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A busy Clayton County road is shut down while authorities respond to a crash involving a MARTA bus, Wednesday morning, May 19, 2021, in Riverdale, Ga. All northbound lanes of Ga. 85 are blocked in Riverdale at the Valley Hill Road intersection. According to the transit agency, a car tried to pass the bus and the two collided about 6 a.m. (John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

RIVERDALE, Ga. (AP) — A car crashed into an Atlanta public transit bus Wednesday morning and shut down a busy intersection for hours.

Riverdale police and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority told news outlets that a driver ran a red light and their car hit the bus. The two vehicles then crashed into a utility pole in the suburb south of Atlanta.

The bus driver, a MARTA passenger and the driver of the car were taken to a hospital, news outlets reported. The extent of their injuries wasn’t specified.

Marcus Brown, who takes a MARTA bus daily, saw the scene of the crash when he was on his way to catch the bus for work.

“When I woke this morning, I heard a loud noise it sounded like a transformer had blew up,” Brown told WSB-TV. “It shocked me. The first thing I think is I hope everybody is OK.”

The bus had significant damage to its front end and the car ended up on its side, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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