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14 Injured After Bus, Minivan Collide

14 Injured After Bus, Minivan Collide

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May 31, 2010

BOSTON – A minivan collided with a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority bus in Dorchester yesterday evening, injuring 14 people, including three children in the van, police said.

The crash occurred at Gallivan Boulevard and Morton Street, one of Boston’s most hair-raising intersections, around 6:20 p.m.

MBTA spokeswoman Lydia Rivera and Transit Police Sergeant Detective Kenneth Sprague said that the cause of the crash was under investigation, but added that the initial investigation indicated the woman who drove the minivan may have run a stop sign and caused the crash with the Route 26 bus.

Rivera and Sprague did not know the total number of riders on the bus. None of the injuries was considered life-threatening, Sprague said.

The smashed vehicles could be seen resting less than 500 feet from a Boston fire house. Damage could be seen to the front driver’s side corner of the bus and one side of the minivan. Shattered glass and plastic littered the street.

Dr. Lee Wetzler, an internal medicine specialist at Boston Medical Center, was in the area and stopped to assist the minivan’s occupants.

“I wanted to make sure everybody was OK, and I heard a lot of yelling and screaming, which is a good thing,’’ he said. “But you just want to keep them calm in a situation like this and let them know help is on the way.’’

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