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Car hits Tampa bus and injures dozen

TAMPA — A dozen people were injured Monday when an automobile ran a red light downtown and collided with a HART bus on the Marion Street Transitway, authorities say.

A spokeswoman for the Tampa Police Department said all of the injuries were considered minor.

The collision occurred at 1:26 p.m. when a 2005 Lincoln Town Car traveling west on E Kennedy Boulevard disregarded a red light and struck the bus, which was traveling north on the transitway, said Janelle McGregor, a police spokeswoman.

Ed Crawford, a HART spokesman, said videotapes from cameras mounted inside the bus showed the bus driver was not at fault.

"It is clear in the tape that not only was the light green for our bus operator, but it was green for at least a half a block before he arrived at the intersection," Crawford said. "There's really no question that somebody violated the right of way, and it wasn't us."

Twelve passengers were aboard the bus at the time of the accident, and all were transported to Tampa General Hospital, McGregor said. The bus operator was not hurt.

The driver of the sedan — whose name and condition were not released Monday — was cited for running a red light, McGregor said.

Thomas Kaplan can be reached at (813) 226-3404 or tkaplan@sptimes.com.

Car hits Tampa bus and injures dozen 07/28/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 9:14am]
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