Crime & Courts
Nine hurt when HART bus, car collide on 56th Street
TAMPA - Nine people were injured Monday afternoon when a HART bus turned in front of a car and the vehicles collided on 56th Street. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, about 2:27 p.m. the bus was southbound on 56th Street, south of Hillsborough Avenue, when it started to turn left into the Netpark Office Center. The bus drove in front of a northbound Volvo, whose driver swerved to the right in an attempt to avoid a collision, but failed, troopers said. The bus continued after the crash and struck a concrete sign for the office park. The patrol said nine people were transported to either St. Joseph's or Tampa General hospitals.The Volvo driver, Johny Ngoc Giang, 20, and bus driver, Juan P. Washington, 48, of Riverview, as well as one of the bus passengers were transferred as trauma alerts. The six other passengers on the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit bus also were hurt and taken to hospitals. Washington was cited for making an improper left turn, according to the highway patrol. Stay with TBO.com for updates.
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