A 62-year-old Hyattsville man died yesterday morning when a Metrobus struck his car in Takoma Park.
Police said Lester Lang of 2609 Nicholson St. was driving through a green light at the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and East-West Highway at 6:18 a.m. when the bus went through a red light.
Police said witnesses reported that the bus blew its horn when it entered the intersection, and a car traveling alongside Lang stopped. But Lang's view was obstructed, witnesses said, and he was struck broadside by the bus. There were no passengers on the bus.
Clarence Jacobs of the Takoma Park police said it took nearly 30 minutes for the Takoma Park Rescue Squad to get Lang out of the car. Lang was pronounced dead at 7 a.m. at Washington Adventist Hospital.
Jacobs said no evidence of mechanical failure on the bus has been found so far. He said he tested the brakes of the bus after the accident and they worked.
Police said the investigation is continuing, but that the bus driver, Mabel D. Bracie, 25, of the 2200 block of Columbia Place, Hyattsville, has been charged with running a red light.