Atlanta, GA – On Friday morning, May 24th, 16 people were injured when a hotel shuttle bus crashed into a tractor trailer at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.
According to authorities, the tractor-trailer was in the midst of making a legal U-turn on Loop Road, south of the Virginia Avenue exit from the I-85 when the shuttle bus, with 15 passengers inside, crashed into the truck’s trailer. “The shuttle was not able to stop,” said College Park Police Sgt. Keith Stanley. He also mentioned that none of the 15 passengers had been wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.
“With that kind of vehicle, anything in the rear could be thrown to the front of the bus,” he said.
The 15 passengers, along with the shuttle driver, were transported to Grady Memorial Hospital and Atlanta Medical Center; none of them sustained life-threatening injuries. However, the shuttle bus driver was the one to sustain the most serious injuries according to Stanley. Stanley said that the driver had to be extricated from the vehicle and he noted that she suffered multiple fractures.
Grady Memorial reported just before noon that 10 patients had been transported to their hospital, and that of those two were in critical condition. According to the police, the truck driver was not injured.
Loop Road is an access road that heads north towards Virginia Avenue and empties out onto the I-85 South. The speed limit on Loop Road is 45 mph. The police are not sure how fast the shuttle bus was traveling at the time of the collision, but according to Stanley the bus skidded 158 feet before it collided with the left side of the trailer. “The vehicle was going at a good rate of speed, “said Stanley.
The markings on the shuttle bus indicate it’s a shuttle for the Hampton Inn, the Fairfield Inn and Hilton Hotels, and that it’s operated by MTI Limos. Stanley said that if there were seatbelts available in the bus, then the passengers should have been wearing them.
According to the police the accident was reported around 10 a.m. The ramp from the I-85 northbound to Loop Road was shut down for several hours after the incident so police could conduct an investigation and clean up the debris, but it was reopened slightly before 1 p.m.
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