6 injured after shuttle bus collides with tractor trailer

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - Multiple people have been injured after a shuttle bus they were on collided with a car and then a tractor trailer in Fort Lauderdale.

The collision occurred near Interstate 595, just north of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Friday around 4:30 p.m.

Six people were treated for their injuries at the scene along 3400 S.W. 4th Avenue. Three are being treated at Broward Health Medical Center, including the driver of the shuttle bus. All injuries were not life threatening.

According to those being transported by the Ramada Hotel shuttle bus, they were on their way from the airport to the hotel when a white vehicle drove through a stop sign and crashed into the side of the shuttle, pushing it into an oncoming tractor trailer.

“A car went in front of the bus and he stopped,” said shuttle bus passenger Ruth Feeley. “As you can see the damage in the car, and there’s been one person injured. We all hit our heads on the metal of the bus. It was terrible, but it was so quick.”

Hotel guests inside the shuttle said they were ejected out of their seats upon impact. “I flew. I had wings and I flew and hit my head against the window of the door, but I’m OK,” said shuttle bus passenger Leo Feeley.

“The poor girl that pulled out in front of us, the driver didn’t have any opportunity to stop,” he said. “The only thing he could do was T-bone her, and that’s exactly what he did.”

Other passengers said they braced for the impact. “I knew it was coming and I was like, ‘OK, this is it. Sorry, vacation’s over,'” said Mary Presti.

The tractor trailer was containerless at the time of the collision. A white sedan could be seen near where the collision occurred, and witnesses said it is the same vehicle that collided with the shuttle.

It appears that there was extensive damage done to the front of the white sedan. The driver was also transported to the hospital.

Fire rescue could be seen in the area. Police temporarily closed Southwest Fourth Avenue, but it later reopened around 6 p.m.

There’s no word yet if the driver of the sedan will face any charges.

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