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Car collides with Blue Line bus

By Mike Corasaniti
On April 25, 2012

A UConn Blue Line shuttle bus was involved in an accident with a car Monday afternoon near W Lot outside of Husky Village.

The bus was making a left turn into the parking lot when a vehicle attempted to pass the bus on the left. The bus driver realized that she was trying to be passed and subsequently straightened out.

"The bus was preparing to turn into W Lot with her left turn signal on," said Janet Freniere, manager of transportation services for UConn. "The driver saw the car [attempting to pass on the left] and straightened the bus out so he wouldn't broadside her."

However, she could not straighten out the bus quick enough to avoid the collision with the passing car.

"A guy behind the bus, as it was taking a left, tried to pass on the left, and the driver realized it and tried to straighten out, but he still hit into her," said Thomas McNamara, a sixth-semester accounting major and eyewitness to the incident. "The bus got a decent number of scratches on it and the car had some bad dents."

The bus remained at the site of the accident until police came to help deal with the situation.

"The bus sat in the road for about twenty minutes until a police officer arrived and had the bus driver turn into W lot," said McNamara.

"The driver of the car was cited for two different infractions," said Freniere. One of the infractions was driving without a license.

There have not been any reported injuries from the incident. 

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