Train vs. Bus Collision in Evans City, Pennsylvania

Train vs. Bus Collision in Evans City, Pennsylvania

Train vs. Bus Collision in Evans City, Pennsylvania

A bus carrying passengers to a program for people with developmental disabilities collided with a freight train at an unmarked crossing Friday, injuring at least 10 people.  They were on their way to “Lifesteps”.

The accident happened near Evans City, Pennsylvania.  The location is 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, and occurred at about 8:10 a.m. Friday morning.  There were a total of 11 on the bus, including the driver.

It is unclear if the train hit the bus, or vice versa according to authorities.  Dense morning fog is thought to be responsible for the crash.

Three men and one woman are being treated at the emergency room at Allegheny General Hospital emergency room in Pittsburgh.  The men were 35, 38 and 75 years old, and the woman’s age was not immediately available.

A Lifesteps official did not immediately return a call for comment, but the facility’s website said it is a nonprofit that has operated since 1923.  Lifesteps offers “services for children, families, adults with special needs and seniors are designed to encourage growth, independence, confidence and dignity,” the website said.

The bus was operated by the Butler Area Rural Transit company.  They operate 17 wheelchair-accessible buses that make about 300 trips a day, six days a week.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express