A hit-and-run accident involving a Tube bus left the bus driver and two passengers hospitalized in Huntington Park early Monday, authorities said.
The bus was traveling north on Pacific Boulevard at about 1:15 a.m. when a car traveling east on Clarendon Avenue reportedly ran a red light, Huntington Park Department Police Officer Jesus Verdiell said.
The bus and car were “involved in a head-on collision,” said Rick Jager, a Metro spokesman.
Preliminary investigations indicate the bus was T-Boned, which caused it to crash directly into a light pole, Verdiell said.
The driver of the hit-and-run was behind the wheel of a silver 2000 Scion tC, Verdiell said, and reportedly fled the scene on foot.
“Metro will continue to work with local law enforcement to determine the exact cause of the accident,” Jager said. “The traffic accident is still under investigation at this time.”
The bus driver suffered leg injuries, Jäger said. Footage from the scene shows the driver was trapped in the rubble and was freed by firefighters, who had to cut him out of his seat.
Two passengers on the bus were also injured. Footage from the scene shows emergency services pulling all three people out of the bus onto stretchers. They were taken to the hospital by ambulance, Verdiell said.
All three victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries, KTTV Fox 11 reported.
The police are investigating the incident and are looking for the driver who fled.
“The remaining passengers boarded the next bus and completed the journey,” Jager said. “No further service impact as a result of the early morning accident.”
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-08-01/hit-and-run-crash-with-metro-bus-injures-3-in-huntington-park Hit-and-run crash with Metro bus injures 3 in Huntington Park