UPDATE: The officer that investigated the bus crash at Washington and Ave C on March 26, at 10:26 a.m., has completed the investigation and an 80-year-old Beaumont woman that was driving the red Chrysler 300 has been cited for disregarding a red light, a BPD press release states.
Officers with the Beaumont Police Department responded to an auto accident at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Avenue C involving a Beaumont Municipal Transit Bus and a passenger car Wednesday, March 26 at 10:26 a.m.
It was the third accident involving a city bus since July 27, 2013, and the second in about a month.
According to a news release from BPD, upon arrival at the scene, officers found one of the vehicles involved in the accident, a red Chrysler 300, in the intersection of Washington at Avenue C. The elderly female driver of the car was injured and being tended to by EMS. The other vehicle involved in the accident, a city bus, was about 100 feet north of the car, down Avenue C where the driver was attempting to cross Washington. According to police, the bus had come to a stop after striking a house in the 2900 block of Avenue C. The bus held 13 passengers, and a total of 10 people were transported to Baptist Hospital for treatment, including the drivers of both vehicles. BPD Officer Carol Riley said no one was critically injured.
The Avenue C residence sustained damage to the porch area and brick columns of the house, but Riley said the damage did not appear to extend to the inside of the home.
Riley confirmed that this is the third accident involving a city bus since July 2013 and the second since February. She said so far, it has been determined the bus drivers were not liable for any of the recent accidents.
On July 27, 2013, according to BPD, a city bus was struck by an unlicensed driver who was backing out of a business unsafely. On Feb. 18, in an accident that also occurred at Washington Boulevard and Avenue C, the same location as the March 26 incident, a driver ran a red light and struck the bus, injuring three people.
A bus driver with Beaumont Municipal Transit was near the scene of the accident later on March 26. He said the intersection is quite dangerous, and he always checks twice before crossing Washington from Avenue C. He said he arrived a short time after the accident and saw the red car still in the intersection near the traffic light pole. He said when the bus driver reported the accident to transit dispatch, she told them a car had run a red light and struck the bus. She also indicated she felt faint at the time. She was among the 10 injured parties taken to the hospital for treatment.
At the time of this report, the most recent bus crash is still being investigated, and no citations have been issued. Police say there are conflicting stories as to which vehicle failed to stop at a red light and caused the crash.
“We are still gathering statements,” Riley said. “But the preliminary investigation seems to point to the female driving the red Chrysler.”