One person in critical condition after 3-vehicle crash involving RTS bus

Press release from Alachua County Fire Rescue

Around 6:00 p.m. this evening, units from Alachua County Fire Rescue (ACFR) and Gainesville Fire Rescue responded to a report of vehicle accident on West Newberry Road in front of Hobby Lobby. Upon arrival, units found a 3-vehicle accident with one patient that was entrapped. One vehicle involved was an RTS bus, but no passengers were on the bus at the time of the accident. One patient had to be cut out of the vehicle using the jaws of life. The patient was in critical condition and was transported to Shands trauma center. Two other patients on scene were evaluated but not transported to the hospital. ACFR would like to remind all drivers to remain alert and to obey all traffic laws. 

    • That avenue is actually pretty wild… too many cars rushing in daily…. I will love to see some speed bumps all over. There are so many students walking and waiting for the bus… very dangerous!

  • If only you was behind the wheel of the bus and had to deal with people that don’t know how to drive and rear end the bus or cut the bus off or not let the bus back in I’m a rts driver and I will defend them to the highest regards so check your self before you make a comments like that

  • Conventional drivers have no regard for the right of way of commercial vehicles anymore. Sadly the poor attitude of millions of Class 1 operators is summed up in the first comment. Class 1 operators seem to have forgotten to slow down upon approaching ANY vehicle, like he/she is too important to put their damn foot on the brake for like a millisecond. Vehicular courtesy and basic traffic rules seem absent of importance to so many. It’s disgraceful and so reflective of our egregious society. I am a Class 1 driver and its terrifying to drive. Not because of vehicle safety, but because driver aggression is a far greater threat. The baiting of other drivers while speeding, starting vehicular confrontations because another driver “cut you off” (likely because the other driver is too selfish to slow down), and overall risk drivers inflict on the public is criminal. I will never fault the drivers of commercial vehicles. Get out of their way!!

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