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2-bus collision leaves driver trapped

UPDATE 4p.m.: A spokesman for the fire department says a tour bus collided head-on with a second bus that was parked or stationary.

Both drivers were severely injured. The pinned driver was extricated after 45 minutes and flown by helicopter to the hospital. A fireboat was also on hand.

It appears that no passengers were on the buses.

ORIGINAL POST: DC Fire officials say that two buses collided on Ohio Drive SW near the Tidal Basin and the mall shortly before 11a.m., leaving both drivers injured and at least one driver of the flat-nosed buses pinned by his legs, the Post's Theola Labbe'-DeBose reports.

The passengers were apparently able to exit on their own, but officials requested a helicopter, which would land on one of the baseball fields near the Washington Monument, for the drivers.

Be prepared for delays in the area.

By Luke Rosiak  |  April 30, 2010; 11:24 AM ET
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Is there a place where someone can report overly aggresive tour buses, this has nothing to do with the post but last week, of the J&R Tours company pull a highly dangersous move and it seems to be common practice. While waiting to turn from Penn. Ave to 295 N. they did not waitin the turn lane like everyone else rather drove to the fronti in the non-turning lanes and backed up traffic further while waiting to bully their way in. Seriously 8 of these buses did this and backed up traffic and almost rammed several cars. We called the police but perhaps there is a place within DC government to file a complaint against the operators.

Posted by: dhartogs | April 30, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Dillon's is another bus company that's drivers are dangerous, running red lights and making illegal turns

Posted by: cindyinarlington | April 30, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Dillon's almost ran me off the road once a few years ago. I called and complained to a manager who said they would follow up, but of course they did not.

I should have called Maryland's DOT or whoever contracts out to Dillon's.

Posted by: member8 | April 30, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I am a out of state driver, a charter bus driver and not to justify aggressive drivers..but what is not fair is that drivers of vehicles (cars) that are not a company car drive this way also and it is very hard to deal with the aggressiveness of these drivers in rush hour times..if a bus driver drives safely he is run over by these car drivers and buses are outnumbered. Traffic jams in my experience in Washington DC are caused by car drivers doing that same thing staying in lanes till the last moment forcing their way..and they target buses to get in front of because they know the majority of bus drivers will be safe and let them in all they need is 2 feet and they edge in till the driver allows them..why because if they dont some local will call in and claim the bus driver was unprofessional tarnishing the drivers reputation..the truth is as a driver living in a metropolis..the cars out there train the drivers to have to be aggressive to get anywhere in the city..this is not just Washington this is in any BIG city. the average driver driving a car does not even know how to drive around a commercial vehicle. They hang with the vehicle robbing him of a safe escape in case of an emergency...let's be fair when talking about the drivers whos jobs are to transport the multitudes and keep some of the traffic of the road drive courteous..oops I think i said a bad word..there is no courtesy these days on the road

Posted by: ManuelnNJ | April 30, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

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