Early Wednesday morning, there was an accident involving a tow truck and a Metro bus in downtown Los Angeles. Though there were injuries, the outcome is quite fortunate considering what could have been.
The collision happened around 5:00 a.m. at 5th Street and Broadway. Though the cause of the accident is still being inspected, the two hit each other and the truck was then forced into a convenience store. The bus’s front and the truck’s back were both completely smashed and flattened.
Both drivers were injured and could only be removed from their vehicles with the Jaws of Life. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the accident and worked to pull the drivers out.
The bus driver has been identified as a 35-year-old woman. She was critically injured and taken to the hospital. Fortunately, there were no passengers on her bus at the time of the accident.
The tow truck driver was seriously injured and taken to the hospital as well. Another injury occurred inside the 7-Eleven convenience store into which the truck had crashed – a man working there suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.
Police are investigating the scene and building inspectors have been called to examine the damage of the building.
Though this accident is still unfavorable, it could have been much worse. Because there were no bus passengers and because the store was mostly empty, the injuries were not as rampant. The current conditions of the two drivers are unknown, but they are being treated at local hospitals for their wounds.
Accidents can happen to anyone at anytime. Sometimes they are major collisions and other time they are simple bumps; but they happen every day. If you or someone you know has been in an accident, contact a Los Angeles car accident attorney who will assist you to ensure that you receive the highest possible compensation for the damages that you have suffered.