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Anaheim Bus Crash Kills 1, Injures 17

firefighter with car accident victim

Authorities believe that a driver’s sudden health emergency caused a tragic bus accident near Disneyland last week, which claimed the life of the 60-year old driver, and injured at least 17 others. The tragedy took place on December 27, just after 11 AM on South Harbor Boulevard, according to the Anaheim Police Department.

Officials say that the motorist was driving his Toyota Avalon southbound on Harbor Boulevard late that morning when he lost control of his vehicle and began veering into oncoming traffic. An Orange County Transportation Authority bus was pulling away from a stop when the Avalon smashed into it. Anaheim Police Sergeant Daron Wyatt reports that the transit bus was traveling at low speeds – around 15 mph—when the collision happened.

OCTA bus crash near Disneyland

The driver of the Avalon suffered critical injuries during the crash and was later pronounced dead at the hospital. Police believe that he probably experienced some sort of disabling health complication – perhaps a heart attack – likely causing him to lose control of his car.

Some 17 people suffered minor injuries in the accident. Three declined medical treatment and 14 others were transported to local hospitals. Reportedly, the bus was traveling to Fullerton when the collision occurred.

Witnesses told police that they saw the Avalon spinning several times before it struck the transit bus at a slight angle, leaving its front end nearly completed crumpled. Officials also noted skid marks spanning approximately 150 feet from the center lane to the point of impact, which caused a small fire under the Avalon’s hood.

Bus passengers were fortunate in that most injuries were limited to minor bruises and bumps.

Investigations are currently underway as Anaheim police look into potential causes of the accident. The OCTA bus was equipped with an on-board camera, which may provide some valuable insight into the moments leading up to the crash.

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  1. Los Angeles Times, 1 dead, 17 injured in Anaheim crash involving car and transit bus http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-anaheim-crash-20161227-story.html
  2. OC Register, OCTA bus crash with car kills 1, injures at least 15 in Anaheim http://www.ocregister.com/articles/bus-739556-sedan-octa.html
  3. NBC Los Angeles, Health Episode May Have Caused Car's Deadly Collision with Bus http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Multiple-Injuries-Bus-and-Car-Crash-in-Anaheim-408426355.html