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Macon Transit Authority bus crashes into tree

'It was traumatic,' rider says of bus crash

Several passengers were aboard a Macon Transit Authority bus that crashed into a tree on Poplar St. in downtown Macon Sat. Nov. 11, 2017.
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Several passengers were aboard a Macon Transit Authority bus that crashed into a tree on Poplar St. in downtown Macon Sat. Nov. 11, 2017.

A mechanical problem likely caused a Macon Transit Authority bus to crash Saturday afternoon.

At about 3 p.m., the bus with passengers on board was headed southeast on Poplar Street when the driver could not control the vehicle, at least two riders said.

The bus hit a tree near the intersection of Second Street, smashing the door and clipping the side of the bus.

“All of a sudden the steering wheel locked and the bus started shuddering sideways to the right and there goes the door, there goes the window,” rider Wayne Powers said. “It was traumatic.”

One person was taken to the hospital, according to a Macon-Bibb County Fire battalion chief.

Other passengers were shaken up, including Powers, who thought he would go to the emergency room later to have his back checked.

“It happens, but the driver was great. She needs a raise,” Powers said.

Passenger Jarvis Flagg said the driver “tried to control the bus, but she couldn’t do it.”

“The bus locked and switched over and hit the tree,” Flagg said. “The wheel just locked. Just locked by itself.”

Another bus picked up the riders and headed to the hub at Terminal Station.

Liz Fabian: 478-744-4303, @liz_lines

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