Three injured in shuttle bus accident on U.S. 70 in Clayton

From staff reportsOctober 24, 2012 

Rescue workers help clear the scene of a wreck on U.S. 70 Wednesday afternoon.

AMANDA JAMES - AJAMES@NEWSOBSERVER.COM

— Three people were taken to the hospital this afternoon after a truck rammed into a shuttle bus, lifting two of its wheels off the ground and nearly flipping it over on eastbound U.S. 70.

The driver of a Ford F-150 pickup truck ran through a red light and collided with a shuttle bus from nearby pharmaceutical plant Grifols around 2:30 p.m. The bus was carrying two passengers from one building on Grifols’ campus to another building.

State troopers closed the portion of U.S. 70 near Pony Farm Road, and traffic was detoured through the Grifols parking lot while troopers and rescue workers cleared the wreckage and spoke with passengers.

According to state trooper David Mazzotta, the driver of the Ford F-150 has been charged with failure to stop at a red light. The driver’s name has not been released.

The impact of the wreck seriously damaged the pickup and shattered its windshield, and lifted the bus to a nearly 45-degree angle with the road. Troopers separated the truck from the bus around 3:15 p.m., which brought the bus’ wheels back to the ground.

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