Bus hits Montgomery County KFC

This post has been updated.


(Dan Keating /Washington Post)

A RideOn bus crashed into the KFC restaurant in the 12400 block of Georgia Ave. on Friday morning, sending two people to the hospital with minor injuries, authorities said.

Esther Bowring, a spokeswoman for Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation which oversees RideOn buses, said the bus was on Route 33, coming from the Glenmont Metro station and was traveling on Georgia Avenue when the driver made a 180 degree turn in the 12400 block of Georgia Avenue and “ended up in the side of the KFC.” She said the bus went the “opposite way into traffic but fortunately no cars were coming.” The accident occurred abou 7:30 a.m.

The driver was a 55-year-old male who was hired by RideOn in 2007, she said.

Montgomery County police Capt. Paul Starks said authorities are investigating the possibility the driver may have experienced a medical problem.

Starks said three passengers were evaluated for injuries.
A 73-year-old woman and the driver were taken to Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring with what appeared to be minor injuries, Starks said.

Passenger Arabinda Pradhan, 52, said he had just gotten onto the bus and was standing, preparing to swipe his Smartcard, when the driver tried to make the left turn.
"He hit the sidewalk on the right side," and the bus lurched to left, Pradhan said.
The bus crossed traffic lanes and crashed into the KFC, Pradhan said. He said he didn't fall. "I was holding on to two rails with both hands," he said.
Pradhan said there were two men and four women passengers on the bus at the time.

Capt. Oscar Garcia of the Montgomery County Fire Department said county building inspectors would assess the damage to the KFC, which would not be open today.


(Steven Overly | Capital Business)

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