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Posted on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 12:14 p.m.

AATA bus involved in traffic accident Tuesday morning

By John Counts


The front end of this Ann Arbor Transportation Authority bus sustained minor damage after a traffic accident Tuesday morning.

Daniel Brenner |

An inbound No. 9 Ann Arbor Transportation Authority bus was involved in a minor accident with a Subaru on West Huron Street and South First Street about 10:40 a.m. Tuesday.

The accident left several elderly passengers stalled on the non-operational bus until the scene could be cleared and other accommodations could be arranged, said officials from the AATA.

The bus was eastbound on Huron when the car struck the driver's side, said bus driver Alvin Phelan.

"I'm surprised the way it hit, it didn't spin out," he said.


The Subaru involved in an accident with an Ann Arbor bus sustained front-end damage and needed to be towed from the scene.

Daniel Brenner |

The Subaru was headed in the same direction on the inside lane. The bus was in the outside lane. The car first grazed the bus in its midsection, then struck it with more impact in the well of its front tire, Phelan said. This collision caused a panel near the tire to come off.

The Subaru sustained enough damage to the front end that it needed to be towed from the scene by a wrecker. Both Ann Arbor police and fire were on the scene of the accident. They were still working to get the scene cleared at 11:20 a.m.

It was not immediately clear what caused the car to come into contact with the bus or whether any traffic citations were issued.

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Frustrated in A2

Thu, Nov 29, 2012 : 3:46 a.m.

If the road caused the crash wouldn't we have a lot more crashes there?


Thu, Nov 29, 2012 : 1:13 a.m.

I hate to say it, but traveling by bus is far safer then by car. Take a look at the car. Now the bus. Although I did see a picture of a Hummer taking out a Brinks truck once. Hummer won.

Holy Cow

Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 1:59 a.m.

This is a terrible part of the road - narrow, dips, and bumpy. Very diificult to stay in your lane.


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 11:23 p.m.

That Piece of Huron, especially west of the intersection is bad. Bumps and furrows, I can see blaming the street for this one. When is the state going to fix this?


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 9:24 p.m.

From the article it sounds as if the Subaru was passing the bus on the inside lane. It first contacted the bus at midsection, then hit the wheel well. That is a pretty narrow two lanes and overtaking a large bus on the inside lane is quite risky. Sounds like a gamble that didn't pay off for the Subaru.

Fat Bill

Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 8:37 p.m.

Great looking wrecker, if I do say so myself...


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 7:43 p.m.

Dang, dude.....


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 6:59 p.m.

I wouldn't be surprised if the condition of the road was somehow responsible. That is a horrible section of road with huge bumps next to huge potholes next to huge furrows. My car gets violently shaken everytime I drive over it and I have to do a lot of steering to keep my car in my lane while the road wants to push me out.


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 6:24 p.m.

So the bus driver has a name but the (perhaps, and more than likely) Subaru driver doesn't?


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 5:47 p.m.

The wording in the article is that the Subaru struck/grazed/contacted the bus. Is this intended to imply some conclusions of fault?


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 5:39 p.m.

Maybe the bus hit the car. Maybe the car hit the bus. Maybe the drivers have two different stories, although only one is reported. Regardless of fault, maybe one of the launching mogul potholes had a part in the mishap. Or, maybe the furrow wear along this stretch, deep enough to steer your car, and probably a bus, had something to do with lane encroachment. Maybe this is part of Google's remote control transit? Or, is this just more of Hieftje folly, whereby collected dedicated millage road funds are unspent, and misdirected to folly art? Regardless, everyone lived. Good news!

Patty Bradley

Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 6:52 p.m.

Or perhaps the driver of the car was talking on the phone or texting.