Collision between two Transantiago buses leaves seven injured

A bus that was presumably speeding crashed into another bus that had braked at a passenger stop.

10 de Febrero de 2009 | 14:19 | Carlos Carvacho, El Mercurio

SANTIAGO.– A collision between two main-route Transantiago buses took place at approximately 8:20 a.m. this morning at the bus stop 5 in Santa Rosa. Seven people were injured, including the bus drivers.

According to reports, a route 206 bus slammed into the back of a route 205 bus that had stopped to pick up passengers.

As a result of the impact, the 205 bus skated about 4 meters, going up onto the curb and crashing into the Transantiago bus stop structure, smashing it to pieces.

Preliminary information released by Police and Paramedics indicates that the 206 bus was driving above the speed limit.

Seven people were left with varying degrees of injury (and some with multiple injuries), including the two drivers as well as 5 passengers of both buses.

The drivers were taken to Hospital Barros Luco to be given routine alcohol tests, while the five injured passengers were taken to the Mutual de Seguridad and to the Hospital del Trabajador.

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