December 23, 2013

DART: Seven released from Dallas hospitals after five-vehicle wreck

A Dodge Grand Caravan cut off a DART bus early Monday, causing a wreck that sent several people to the hospital, including an 11-year-old child.

Seven people were injured Monday in an accident involving a Dallas Area Rapid Transit bus and four other vehicles in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas.

DART officials say the accident occurred about 6 a.m. when an express bus going northbound in the far left lane of Interstate 35E collided with a Dodge Caravan that swerved into its lane as it approached the Eighth Street overpass.

The van hit the barrier wall and the DART driver applied the brakes before the van veered off the wall and caused the four-vehicle wreck.

“The DART bus did not cause the accident,” DART spokesman Mark Ball said. “… DART police did say the cause of the accident was the red Caravan.”

Four bus passengers were taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital with minor neck injuries. Three people in the van were also taken to Parkland, and one of the them, an 11-year-old child, was later transported to Children’s Medical Center.

Ball said all seven people were released just before noon Monday.

The bus driver was not injured.

Police are investigating. Officials don’t yet know what caused the van to swerve, Ball said.

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