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Man recalls moment StarMetro bus crashed

Posted at 5:42 AM, Jul 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-22 05:42:44-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A StarMetro rider is now recalling details about what led up to the bus crash in downtown Tallahassee on Saturday.

City officials say a car ran a stop sign which led to the crash and 13 people being injured.

"I've never been through a disaster quite like this before," said Isiah Taylor.

Twisted metal is all that's left of this Tallahassee StarMetro bus.

"We were violently T-Boned by I guess a car," Taylor said.

The city of Tallahassee says that video from the bus shows a car speeding through a stop sign at the intersection of North Duval and West Georgia Streets.

It's an issue that some who live in the area say happens far too often.

"It's nothing new. It probably happens every 2 to 3 weeks. We're going to get a car accident," said James Bennett.

Saturday’s accident closed streets down for hours, leaving 13 people hurt.

"A lot of people were injured, bleeding and screaming," said Taylor.

Taylor walked away with just a sore shoulder.

He says he's thankful that he chose to sit down where he did.

"It's pretty terrible just sitting in the middle back. Imagine sitting in the front. Imagine if there was someone in a wheelchair where they actually have to strap you on," said Taylor.

This accident now has people living nearby on edge.

"I feel that when its to a point that big buses are getting involved, we need to find a solution," said Bennett.

Bennett says he would like to see speed bumps and flashing cautions lights in the neighborhood.

As for Taylor, he says he's shaken, but not afraid.

"Things happen. I don't have a car. I don't know how to drive. So I'll continue to take the bus," said Taylor.

The Tallahassee Police Department is currently investigating the crash.

Following the crash, the City of Tallahassee released a full statement.

Saturday's crash involving a StarMetro bus is under investigation by TPD and will take time to complete. After reviewing the video footage, which is part of the investigation, StarMetro's director indicated that it appears the other vehicle involved in the crash ran a stop sign. We are very thankful for the quick actions of our first responders and grateful that while some are serious, the injuries sustained were not worse. In the coming days, we will continue to keep everyone involved in our thoughts and wish them a speedy recovery.

— Cynthia S. Barber, Deputy City Manager