VIDEO: Car, Bus Collide in Mid-City, Catch Fire; Three Injured

Screenshot via video

Carlie Wells

The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate

(MCT)

Jun. 29–Three people were injured late Monday when a car collided with a city bus at a Mid-City intersection and both vehicles erupted in flames, according to officials and a neighbor.

No passengers were on the bus during the crash at the intersection of North Carrollton and Orleans avenues, Regional Transit Authority spokesperson Arian Randolph said.

Two people in the car and the driver of the bus were taken via ambulance to the hospital for treatment, New Orleans police said. Their conditions were not immediately available but a spokesperson said their injuries were not considered major.

Kyle Melancon lives near the intersection and said he heard a loud bang just before midnight. He went outside to see what happened and saw the bus in the road.

He saw small flames under the car that “quickly turned into the huge fire you see in the video,” Melancon said Tuesday morning.

Watch Melancon’s video:

New Orleans Emergency Medical Services, New Orleans police and the New Orleans Fire Department responded, Melancon said, but no one said what happened.

“Lots of yelling and screaming and I have no idea why or what it was about,” he said.

Randolph, the RTA’s spokesperson, said the crash was caused by the driver of the car who ran the red light and hit the bus. New Orleans police said the driver of the car was cited in relation to the crash but didn’t say why.

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