Arlington Transit bus rolls down hill after brakes fail

An Arlington Transit bus was traveling uphill in the Clarendon neighborhood when its brakes failed, causing the bus to roll back into another vehicle.

The driver of the car that was struck by the bus was taken to an area hospital as a precautionary measure, but no serious injuries were reported, said Arlington police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck. The car struck by the bus bumped another car, but that driver was not taken to a hospital, Sternbeck said. He also said there was no serious property damage as a result.

The crash occurred on North Barton Street at Fairfax Drive. The bus was traveling along the ART 45 route that runs between Rosslyn and Columbia Pike.


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An investigation is ongoing, and no charges have been filed against the bus driver, Sternbeck said.

The bus involved was a CNG electric hybrid vehicle, and Arlington announced Monday that it would remove all three such buses from service until an investigation into the brake failure is complete. Arlington Transit has 41 other buses.

That type of bus was first brought to Arlington in September 2012, and this is the first brake issue one of these buses has experienced, according to Laura Smith, a county spokeswoman.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He anchors Post Nation, a destination for breaking news, developing stories and quick analysis of events around the country.
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