The Cornell Daily Sun reported on a motor vehicle accident Friday in Ithaca in which a passenger bus crashed into several houses.
Around 12:15 p.m. on Friday, the driver of a Tompkins County Area Transit (TCAT) bus assigned to Route 14 of the transit system lost control of the bus on the 400 block of Hook Place in Ithaca’s West End area, according to officials from the Ithaca Police Department. TCAT operations and safety personnel determined the bus had veered off the road while turning onto Hook Place from Haller Boulevard. The bus then collided with three houses on the north side of Hook Place.
Minor injuries were sustained by the TCAT bus driver, passengers on board the bus, and at least one homeowner. However, the bus and the homes impacted all suffered significant damage.
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The City of Ithaca Police Department, Ithaca Fire Department. New York State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit, and Bangs Ambulance all responded to the accident. They were joined later by TCAT officials and representatives of the City of Ithaca Building Department that arrived at the scene to inspect the structural integrity and safety of the buildings hit by the bus. The investigation was reportedly complete by Friday evening.
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