Traveling by bus is not only an economical way to travel, but it’s also considered to be very safe as well. However, according to a report issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) out of the millions of buses being taken in the U.S. each year, there were an estimated 15,000 crashes involving buses in 2017 that resulted in injury or fatality.
Patch.com recently reported that an accident in the HOV lane on the eastbound Riverside Freeway near Corona had left five people injured.
The California Highway Patrol said in a statement that the accident happened at just before 3:00 p.m. west of the Main Street exit ramp when an RTA commuter bus and a box truck collided.
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Emergency crews from the Corona Fire Department along with the CHP responded at the scene of the crash which left the commuter bus stranded the HOV lane. Six passengers who had been on board the RTA bus reported pain. Five of the injured passengers were taken to an area hospital to be checked out. One of the passengers refused treatment.
The driver of the box truck pulled his vehicle onto the shoulder of the freeway and cooperated with law enforcement. The truck driver was uninjured in the accident.
The RTA sent out another bus to take passengers who had been stranded. The freeway reopened approximately a half-hour later.
The accident is still currently under investigation. So far no charges have been filed.