EVANS CITY (KDKA) – A train and a BART bus have collided in Evans City, and several people are injured.
The accident happened just after 8:00 a.m. at the crossing at Maple Avenue, and there is no crossing guard at the intersection where the accident happened.
Emergency dispatchers say 11 people were injured, and they are developmentally disabled, ranging in ages 30 to 92. They were traveling on a Butler Area Regional Transport bus to appointments and activities.
At least three patients have been critically injured, possibly more.
The train reportedly hit the bus, spun it around, dragging the bus more than 15-feet.
Three men and a woman were being treated in the Allegheny General Hospital emergency room in Pittsburgh, said hospital spokesman Dan Laurent. The men were 35, 38 and 75 years old, and the woman's age was not immediately available.
Brian Greenawalt, a Harmony Township paramedic supervisor, said one victim suffered "a pretty significant head injury."
Police said the Butler Area Rural Transit bus was on its way to a program known as Lifesteps.
A Lifesteps official did not immediately return a call for comment, but the facility's website said it is a nonprofit that has operated since 1923. Lifesteps "services for children, families, adults with special needs and seniors are designed to encourage growth, independence, confidence and dignity," the website said.
The transit agency's website indicates it partners with the Alliance For Nonprofit Resources, a social service agency based in the county seat of Butler, to provide reduced-fee transportation for people with disabilities. Neither agency immediately returned calls Friday.
The transit agency's website said it operates 17 wheelchair-accessible buses that make about 300 trips a day, six days a week.
There was fog in the area during the time of the crash, no word on if that played a factor in the crash.
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EVANS CITY, Pa. (AP) - Emergency crews say at least 10 people have been hurt in a crash between a rural transit bus and a freight train in western Pennsylvania.
The Butler Area Rural Transit bus was reportedly carrying people with developmental disabilities as part of a reduced-free transportation program run by the Alliance For Nonprofit Resources in Butler. Officials there didn't immediately return calls Friday.
Police in Evans City, where the crash occurred about 8:10 a.m. Friday, say they're investigating whether dense fog contributed to the crash at the unmarked crossing about 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.
Those on the bus were being taken to hospitals, some in the Pittsburgh area including Allegheny General Hospital, which has a major trauma unit.
It was not immediately clear if the bus drove into the train, or vice versa.
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