Man hospitalized after crash with SMART bus

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published July 10, 2017

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ROYAL OAK — Police said last week that a 60-year-old Roseville man remained in the hospital after he allegedly hit a disabled Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation bus during the night of July 5 on Woodward Avenue.

Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigation Division Lt. Keith Spencer said two days after the crash that no further information on the man’s condition was available, other than that he was in stable condition at Beaumont Hospital while being treated for serious injuries.

Spencer said alcohol is suspected to be a contributing factor in the crash; however, the incident is under investigation.

Police said they responded to the area at 10:04 p.m. July 5 after receiving a report of an injury accident involving a SMART bus and a Pontiac Grand Am on northbound Woodward Avenue near Catalpa Drive.

Spencer said Royal Oak officers arrived and found that the unconscious driver had been pulled out of the vehicle and was being tended to by other passing motorists.

Spencer said the preliminary investigation determined that the driver of the Grand Am struck the back of the bus, which had stopped in the curb lane of Woodward Avenue after experiencing a mechanical problem and had its flashers activated. Spencer declined to comment on the speed of the vehicle because the investigation was ongoing.

The bus was unoccupied at the time of the crash; the bus driver and passengers already had been transferred to another bus.

Police said the bus was damaged as a result of the crash.

Spencer said that if a driver sees a disabled vehicle, for safety purposes they should follow the emergency vehicle move-over law.

“If a vehicle is on the side of the road with some kind of an emergency beacon, then they should either slow down or move over a lane,” he said.

Spencer said that although the actual state law only dictates driver behavior when an emergency vehicle is present, it is always a good idea to keep that as a best practice whenever someone is pulled over or in the roadway.

Anyone who witnessed the crash should call (248) 246-3500.

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