Car, MTA bus collide, strike downtown store


A Mass Transit Administration tandem bus and a car collided yesterday at a busy West Baltimore intersection, injuring at least people and sending the bus into the front of a furniture store that later collapsed, said an MTA spokesman.

The bus was pulled away from the store about 7 p.m., causing the brick facades of M. Kovens Furniture Co. buildings at 1329, 1331 and 1333 W. Baltimore St. and parts of their first three floors to collapse, said police Sgt. Mark Moore of the Western District.

Anthony Brown, the MTA spokesman, said a No. 2 bus carrying 60 passengers was eastbound in the 1300 block of W. Baltimore St. about 4: 45 p.m. and bound for City Hall when it was struck by a Chevrolet Cavalier that was southbound in the first block of N. Calhoun St.

Brown said the bus driver was unable to avoid impact. The bus traveled several yards and crashed into the front of the furniture store at 1333 W. Baltimore St., extensively damaging the brick front of the building.

The car sustained serious front-end damage and ended up facing north in the intersection.

Police said the car's air bags deployed, preventing possible fatal injuries to its front-seat occupants.

Brown said the occupants of the car -- two women and four children -- were taken by ambulances to St. Agnes HealthCare for treatment of fractures. At least 12 passengers were placed aboard a second bus and taken to Maryland General Hospital and University of Maryland Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

The spokesman said the bus driver, whose name was not available, was slightly injured and would undergo routine drug and alcohol tests.

A bus passenger, John Wortham, 21, of the 500 block of Brunswick St. said he was seated several seats behind the driver and was looking out of the window when he saw the car run the stop sign and strike the bus.

Pub Date: 9/30/98

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