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Five Injured in Southeast Metrobus Accident

A car clipped a Metro bus with 50 passengers in Southeast at 9:25 a.m. and five possibly injured customers have been transported to a local hospital, Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel said.

The P17 bus traveling to Farragut Square was heading northbound on South Capitol St. when an automobile heading southbound on the same street made a left turn toward Malcolm X Ave. and "clipped the bus," Taubenkibel said.

"It was a very minor incident," he added.

The bus driver will be placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation into the cause of the accident, he said.

The fire department has responded to the scene.

By James Hohmann  |  September 1, 2009; 10:03 AM ET
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Is Dr. G on vacation or is he no longer writing for WaPo? Haven't seen a post from him in over a week...

Posted by: UMDTerpsGirl | September 1, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Axel2 | September 1, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Why should Catoe be fired over this. The article says the car making a left hand turn clipped the bus--not the other way around.

Posted by: mbrumble | September 1, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

At first pass, it doesn't sound like this one is on Metro. I do question how a car can "clip" a bus in a "minor incident", resulting in five people being transported to the hospital - sounds like a few people have their eyes on a windfall.

Posted by: justanotherguy | September 1, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

"Injuries" my rear. Quick money is more like it.

Posted by: jckdoors | September 1, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Dr. G stated in his most recent Monday online chat that he was going on vacation for two weeks.

Posted by: 1995hoo | September 1, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Thanks 1995hoo. I don't always catch/read the chats but I do keep up with the blog. There are other writers who usually put a post in their blogs when they go on vacation so I wasn't sure if something else had befallen the good doctor.

Posted by: UMDTerpsGirl | September 2, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I would like to know how this accident, as reported, could have even been possible. South Capitol Street, at Malcolm X Avenue, is a divided highway; one must "exit" to the right in order to access Malcolm X Avenue (by then turning left *onto the overpass*). Either this accident happened on South Capitol Street somewhere between Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Southern Avenue (or it happened in Maryland), or it didn't happen at all. Incidentally, there is no map accompanying this article. But anyone who takes South Capitol Street into Washington can vouch for the impossibility of any vehicle traveling southbound on South Capitol Street and turning left on Malcolm X Avenue. (A large tank could probably do it, but it would completely destroy the interchange, and THAT would have been news.)

Posted by: jfxamilton | September 6, 2009 9:10 AM | Report abuse

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