A bus that was stolen from Dulles International Airport crashed into a string of parked cars near the U.S. Supreme Court early yesterday and then was abandoned about a mile away, D.C. police said.
Police said there have been no arrests in the incident, and there were no injuries. The bus, which provides shuttle services between Dulles, National Airport and downtown, was stolen about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday from the arrival ramp at Dulles, an airport spokesman said.
He said the bus driver checked in with a dispatcher and returned 20 minutes later to find the bus gone. The driver left the engine running, but he closed the door and there was no one on board, the spokesman said.
The bus was driven to the District, police said, and about 5 a.m. yesterday it crashed into a string of 10 parked cars while the driver was trying to make a wide turn from Second Street NE onto A Street NE. Police said the bus struck the front of one car and crunched it into the other cars in a sort of "accordian effect."
The bus, which received about $16,000 damage, was found abandoned in the 700 block of 10th Street SE a short time later, they said. No damage estimate was available for the cars.