Bus hits power pole in chain-reaction crash

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- A chain-reaction accident left a city bus with power lines across its roof Friday morning.

A Toyota Corolla traveling westbound on Thomas Road west of 83rd Avenue made an unsafe lane change and sideswiped a minivan in the middle lane, according to Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson. The van then swerved into the curb lane and collided with a Valley Metro bus.

The bus drove over the curb and hit a utility pole, knocking it over.

The Toyota fled the scene and was later located near 93rd Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road. Police arrested the 66-year-old driver.

Thompson said alcohol does not seem to be a factor in the incident.

A driver and two passengers were on board the bus and seven people were riding in the van.

None of the people in the collision appeared to have been seriously injured, but all seven van occupants were transported to a local hospital for evaluation, per company policy of the minivan operator.

The power lines were knocked down when the bus struck the pole and some residents lost power for a while.

This incident is still being investigated.