An out-of-service Metrobus plowed into the living room of a Northeast home yesterday morning after colliding with a van at an intersection.
The bus driver stepped out of his seven-ton vehicle into the home of Lawrence and Beulah Rembert, at the corner of Sixth and D streets NE. The Remberts, both in their 70s, were in other parts of the house and were unharmed when the bus shredded one of the exterior walls of their home. The bus driver, Anthony W. Hood, of Greenbelt, was treated for minor injuries at D.C. General Hospital and released.
The driver of the van, David Allen Ford, of Harwood, Md., was listed in critical condition at the Washington Hospital Center after rescue workers spent 30 minutes trying to free him from the van.
Lawrence Rembert, said he was looking out the bay window of the bedroom that was later damaged when he watched the collision and saw the bus hurtling toward his home. He ran out of the bedroom to the rear of the house and down the stairs to look for his wife.
"I heard this loud crash and I turned around and things started falling all over me," said Beulah Rembert, who was drying the breakfast dishes in the kitchen when the bus vaulted over a three-foot-high stone retaining wall and ramed into the house.
"I couldn't see anything because of the dust from the ceiling and the walls. It frightened me. Then I looked up and I could see the bus."
The van collided with the bus when Ford ran a red light, police said. He had been charged with that offense.
Hood, a Metrobus driver for four years, then lost control of the bus, hit the curb and then a street light before jumping the retaining wall and smashing into the house.
There were no estimates of the amount of damage to the house and the vehicles.