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Metrobus and streetcar collide on H Street

Officials from RATP Dev McDonald Transit and Metro try to delicately separate an eastbound Metrobus (right) with the D.C. streetcar between the busy intersection of 7th and 8th streets NE in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 12, 2015. (Photo by Linda Davidson / The Washington Post)

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A Metrobus traveling along H street struck an eastbound D.C. streetcar Thursday after the bus driver made an evasive maneuver to avoid hitting another vehicle, Metro said.

Metro spokeswoman Sherri Ly said the bus was traveling in the left lane when a vehicle suddenly stopped in front of it. The driver, Ly said, “took evasive action” to avoid rear-ending the vehicle. As a result, the accordion portion of the articulated bus struck the mirror of the streetcar in the right lane, Ly said.

Ly said there were no injuries and the incident caused minor damage. The crash occurred about 12:16 p.m., between 7th and 8th streets Northeast. It appeared the bus involved was an eastbound X2.

Inquiries about resulting Metrobus delays or traffic congestion were not immediately answered.

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DDOT spokesman Terry Owens said the streetcar was running simulated service with only an operator on board. Owens said the incident was minor, but added that assessing the cost of damage would take some time. The collision caused minor damage to both vehicles, he said.

The scene has been cleared, Owens said, and simulated streetcar service has resumed. D.C. Police are investigating the cause of the crash.