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Posted at 7:02 AM ET, 09/30/2010

Two Metrobuses collide in Silver Spring

By Maria Glod

UPDATE:

8:05 a.m.
A Metro spokeswoman said the Thursday morning accident involving two Metrobuses in Silver Spring occurred when one bus rear-ended another that was stopped.

Spokeswoman Angela Gates said both buses were in service and had passengers. She said a bus on a C4 route toward Prince George's Plaza struck a stopped bus on a C2 route toward Greenbelt.

As a result of the accident, University Boulevard is closed heading eastbound at Burnett Street, with delays on University Boulevard in both directions.

-- Mark Berman and Maria Glod


Montgomery County authorities said 16 people were injured when two Metro buses were involved in an early morning accident in Silver Spring.

Police said the crash occurred just after 7 a.m. at University Boulevard West and Brunett Ave.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Scott Graham said five patients are priority 2, which means they suffered injures that are considered serious but not life-threatening, Graham said. He said the other 11 patients require medial treatment but their injuries were not as severe.

Metro officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

-- Maria Glod and Mark Berman

By Maria Glod  | September 30, 2010; 7:02 AM ET
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Comments

How does something like this happen?? One bus hitting another badly enough to cause injuries? Was the second driver texting, talking, listening to music?

Posted by: silverspring25 | September 30, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

How does something like this happen?? One bus hitting another badly enough to cause injuries? Was the second driver texting, talking, listening to music?

Posted by: silverspring25 | September 30, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

More cowboy behavior by the Metrobamas.

Posted by: bs2004 | September 30, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

I blame Obama. Driver was probably too distracted by the economy to drive carefully...

Posted by: Kabnis | September 30, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

How does this happen someone asked? Have you ever watched the buses play leapfrog with each other? Everyday on 16th street. One will be stopped and the other comes along and pulls right out in front of cars in the other lane to get around the the stopped bus. Then he goes up a block or 2 and the first bus does the same thing to him. I am surprised there are not more accidents due to this behavior. They also run redlights and do not always pullover to the curb thereby blocking another lane of traffic. I guess the traffic laws do not apply if you are behind the wheel of a metrobus.

Posted by: katesgram | September 30, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

How did it happen? Ever hear of an accident? Have you seen the weather today or been out on the road in these conditions? Don't rush to judge before the details come out. After all, no one has reported on the last million miles that Metro bus hasn't had an accident.

Posted by: DrFish | September 30, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Hey just remember these drivers make over $80,000 plus benefits. Do you expect them to be able to drive as well? Many of the route drivers in DC and Maryland get their jobs as part of political patronage.

Posted by: KBlit | September 30, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

We were stuck in this accident and it was a joke! Seriously, the accident happend in the right hand lane, yet we sat for an hour and 45 minutes!! You mean to tell me that it took that long to make the other 2 lanes passable when clearly nothing happend in those lanes?

The worst part about this, is once we finally started moving and reached the intersection of University and Colesville, a Metro bus stopped on the corner to pick up passengers and then proceeded to run the red light through the intersection! This just goes to show how negligent Metro drivers are! The need to fire everyone and start from scratch!

Posted by: DreamEscape | September 30, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone know of a private corporation with a safety record even remotely similar to Metro's? Given Metro's safety performance, if it were a private corporation then it would have had OSHA-mandated performance improvement program. Apparently, we cannot expect quality performance from Metro employees.

Posted by: williamhuxtan | September 30, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

16 injured? More like 1 or 2.

What happens is that when a bus is in an accident, a lot of people start faking injuries. Also, people on the sidewalk will step in and start faking too. They know they can get a few thousand dollars from Metro as a settlement.

"Hit my bus. I need the money!"

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | September 30, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

how does one bus rear-end another bus totally by "accident" as the Post repeatedly states? Unless the driver in the trailing bus had a medical emergency or the bus lost its brakes, it's hard to imagine such a crash occurring by accident rather than thru driver negligence. And even if the result of something beyond the driver's control, it's inaccurate reporting to label it an "accident" until all the facts are known.

Posted by: eomcmars | September 30, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone know of a private corporation with a safety record even remotely similar to Metro's?

Posted by: williamhuxtan | September 30, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

LOL- BP for one!!!! dude wake up.

Posted by: MajorFacemask | September 30, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

I saw a Metrobus run a red light yesterday morning on Country Creek in Vienna, VA one block from Oakton High School. The bus driver did not present a good role model for the new young drivers. The bus was on Sutton going north, turned right onto Country Creek going east, and ran the red light at the next intersection. I was on Sutton going south and turned onto Country Creek going east at the same time, but I stopped at the red light.

Posted by: foofoofoo | September 30, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Why is there a "post a comment" option on articles like this? Basically none of the facts are in yet and people are severely injured. There are already ugly postings seizing the opportunity to make snarky political comments.

Posted by: seaduck2001 | September 30, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

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