RideOn bus crashes into building in Silver Spring
Updated: September 7, 2012 - 04:17 pm
Montgomery County’s inspection of a Ride On bus that crashed into the front of a home in Silver Spring indicates that there were no mechanical issued that might have contributed to the wreck, the Washington Examiner reports.
Driver Emlyn Harewood told the Examiner that the brakes on the bus failed, but the inspection results have ruled out the likehood of that claim.
According to the Examiner, Harewood didn't show up to his originally scheduled meeting about the crash. He is reportedly on paid leave.
Authorities say the Ride On bus crashed into a house in the 9400 block of Avenel Drive in Silver Spring at about 10:49 a.m. The bus was trying to make a right turn off of nearby Stateside Drive and onto Avenel when the bus left the roadway and hit a taxicab parked in a driveway, then ran into the house.
Investigators are looking into what caused the bus to leave the road.
Femi Olamide was standing outside his house as the RideOn bus came barreling down the street.
"I saw the bus coming down, and I was like, 'Is he not gonna stop for the stop sign?,' and it was like zoom. It took my taxi - boom - into the house," Olamide recalled.
The father of three says two of his children were inside the home when the bus landing inside the living room. Olamide's younger son, Kofo, was in the basement.
"I just heard a loud crash. It sounded like the house was caving in," said Kofo. "I looked out the window, and I saw a bus halfway through the house."
None of the riders' injures were considered to be life-threatening, officials say. The driver of the bus also suffered minor injuries.
The driver reportedly lost his breaks as he was coming down a hill.
Toye Olamide, who was inside the home at the time of the crash, walked away without a scratch. The bus came to a stop just inches from where he was sleeping.
"I'm shaken. There's no way something like this can happen and you not feel something, of course, I'm shaken," Toye said.
Crews spent much of the day removing the damaged taxi and and bus from the living room of the Olamide's home. The structure is condemned.
While shaken, the family is still very thankful.
Mom Kemi Olamide said, "I'm not alright, but I thank God."
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