City Bus and Car Collide in Raleigh
Posted January 26, 2008 4:43 p.m. EST
Updated January 27, 2008 4:08 p.m. EST
Raleigh, N.C. — Several people were injured when a bus and vehicle collided head-on in Raleigh.
It happened at about 3:30 p.m. along the 3000 block of Blue Ridge Road and Edgemont Drive.
The accident involved a Raleigh city bus and a white four-door car.
“It almost sounded like an explosion,” Myrtle Hepler said.
“As I heard the crash, then I ran to the window and I saw the bus go across the street and hit the pole,” George Kangkolo said.
The bus slammed into a power pole. Power lines and the pole fell on top of the bus.
Two people in the car were trapped by the wreckage.
“I felt totally helpless. I was afraid of fire because gasoline was on the street and smoke was coming out of the car,” Hepler said.
Hepler said Kangkolo ran to the car and tried to free the passengers. When he realized they were stuck, Kangkolo said he did the only thing he could do.
“We were trying to calm him, to stay steady. At first we thought he could come out of the vehicle, so we're trying to help him to come out of the vehicle, but his legs were wedged underneath. So, we're trying for him not to get injured,” he said.
The driver and a passenger in the vehicle were transported to a nearby hospital with injuries.
Two of the four people in the bus were also injured and taken to a hospital. Authorities have not released the names or conditions of those involved in the crash.
The cause of the crash has also not been released.
Traffic was backed up in the area until the accident scene was cleared.