A collision between a car and a MARTA bus left the driver of the car dead and eight bus passengers along with the bus driver injured.
The accident occurred on Friday morning just before 7:50 a.m. in the 2500 block of Campbellton Road in southwest Atlanta.
Atlanta Police Lt. Dorian Graham reported that a 2011 Chevy Malibu was traveling west on Campbellton Road when it swerved into the eastbound lanes and collided with the bus. The bus was traveling along route 83, which is MARTA’s Campbellton/Greenbriar route.
The driver, identified as 28-year-old Barrett Muriel, was killed in the crash. Eight passengers and the bus driver were taken to a local hospital. All had non-life-threatening injuries.
34-year-old Helen Grier, a local resident, said that she heard a big boom and looked to see a car crashed into a telephone pole on one side of the street and the bus on the other.
The Atlanta Fire Department extricated those involved in the crash. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
Graham said that right now, they are unsure if the driver may have been texting or possibly fell asleep behind the wheel.
Grier told reporters that she’s seen quite a few accidents in the area. Neighbors have complained that the trees lining the road need to be cut.
Grier also stated “Something has got to be done to slow the traffic down on Campbellton Road.”
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