UPDATE:Light Rail train, Valley Metro bus collision caught on tapePosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- A Valley Metro bus and a Light Rail train collided Thursday morning at First Avenue and Washington Street.
Bus vs. light rail
City bus, Light Rail train collide in downtown Phoenix - A Valley Metro bus and a Light Rail train collided Thursday morning at First Avenue and Washington Street.
It happened just after 6:30 a.m.
According to the Phoenix Police Department, eight passegers were taken to local hospitals. The nature of those injuries was not immediatley available, but Capt. Hugh Chase of the Phoenix Fire Department said they were mostly minor. Those patients were mainly complaining of neck anad back pain.
Aerial video showed that the bus might have tried to make a right turn in front of the train. Phoenix police said the bus had a red light when it tried to turn.
Chase described the wreck as a "fender bender," but between a Light Rail train and a city bus.
Passengers said it all happened very fast.
"I was sitting there crocheting," said Andrea Neil. "Just as I looked up and the Light Rail was right there. I wouldn't be sitting so relaxed if I'd expected danger like this."
"It was just a bad experience," agreed James Perez. "Now I know I'm not going to take the train any more."
The wreck is under investigation, but police said early indications are that the bus driver is at fault for not stopping at the red light.
The intersection re-opened to traffic less than 90 minutes after the wreck.
The Light Rail has come under scrutiny in recent months for the number of wrecks it has been involved in since service began late last December.
This was the 21st accident for Metro Light Rail in the past six months. According to Metro Light Rail officials, none of the accidents have been their fault.>