Police Probe Bus-Taxi Crash That Killed Calif. Man

By Ann E. Marimow
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, September 28, 2008

D.C. police are investigating the cause of a fatal crash Friday night in Foggy Bottom between a Metrobus and a taxi that killed a California man and injured six others.

The bus was heading west on Virginia Avenue NW about 8:15 p.m. when it struck the minivan-taxi traveling south on 19th Street, sending the cab spinning into the intersection before it came to a stop.

Police have not filed any charges, but the investigation is ongoing, a spokesman said.

After hitting the cab, the bus continued through the intersection, jumping a grassy area and landing on the grounds of the Federal Reserve Building at Virginia Avenue and C Street, police said yesterday.

The cab, a 2002 Dodge Caravan, was carrying four passengers, including the man who was killed. Police identified that victim as Bartlett M. Tabor, 55, of Alamo, Calif. The three other passengers, whom police declined to identify, were taken to a hospital and later released.

NBC News4 reported that the passengers in the taxi included a woman and two children, who, in addition to Tabor, were members of a family visiting from California.

Police spokesman Israel James said yesterday he did not know the relationship between the other passengers and Tabor.

The drivers of the bus and taxi, and a firefighter who responded to the scene, were also injured and taken to area hospitals. D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department spokesman Alan Etter said yesterday that the firefighter was released from the hospital with minor injuries.

The bus driver, who was heading back to a garage, was not transporting any passengers at the time of the collision. The driver has been employed by Metro since March, according to Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein.

After a series of fatal crashes in recent years involving Metrobuses and pedestrians, Metro's general manager, John B. Catoe Jr., announced last year that all 2,400 bus operators would undergo annual safety training.

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