The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority was established in 1971 as a bus system. It is now the main public transportation system in the metro-Atlanta area. It comprises of 48 miles of track and 38 different stations. Each day, an average of 432,900 passengers use MARTA, making it the 8th largest rapid transit system in the United States. The first line of responsibility in ensuring that passengers and other motorists are not injured while a bus is operating often falls on the bus driver. In cases where the driver fails to exercise due care or behaves recklessly, they may be liable. In other cases, the responsibility for the accident resides in whole or in part, with other motorists.
WSB TV reports that 5 people have been killed, including children, in a head-on collision with a MARTA bus.
The accident occurred on Bolton Road just before 11:00 P.M. on Wednesday night.
According to Atlanta police, the driver of the car was on her way home when she crossed over into oncoming traffic. Her vehicle hit the MARTA bus head-on.
Inside the vehicle were the driver and five passengers. Two 22-year-old passengers, an 18-year-old passenger, a 4-year-old passenger, and a 19-month-old passenger were all killed in the accident.
The driver of the Nissan Sentra and a 12-year-old passenger were rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital in critical condition.
A third vehicle was involved in the accident. No one in that vehicle was injured. The driver of the bus suffered from minor injuries. The passengers on the bus were all unharmed.
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