Bus collides into home; family OK

Posted at 9:12 AM, Oct 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-18 09:12:04-04

DENVER (KDVR/CNN) - A house received structural damage after a bus hurtled into it on Tuesday.

Denver Fire said four people aboard the bus were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

"I went into full panic mode, trying to find someone to help me," said Cassie Fernandez, who lives in the house.

 As soon as she got the call, she couldn't get home quick enough.

"I heard it at work," Fernandez said. "My mom was coming home with my two children. She said that basically, a bus just hit my house."

A bus slammed into the porch. Neighbors said the bus was hit by another car.

"I heard she ran the stop sign and the truck she was driving had no brakes, so the bus no choice but to swerve over into my house," Fernandez said.

She's not worried about the house as much as what might be outside.

"I'm thinking the worst because my kids play outside constantly, so I was thinking about my kids before anything," Fernandez said.

Thankfully her kids just missed the bus's arrival. They were next door, out of harm's way.

"I heard a big old bang, very big bang, compared to all the normal ones. This one was bad!" said Stephen Blea, who happened to be at the right place at the right time and pulled passengers off the bus. "The kids were screaming and crying right there at the window, so we let a few of them out. I see the kids pounding on the window, so I pried it open."

It took several hours for crews to remove the bus and stabilize the structure. 

Neighbors said now is the time to make the intersection a four-way stop.

"A couple of weeks ago, there was another accident and the car flung," one neighbor said. "Pay attention. We do have kids that live here. Don't drive fast. It could've been a kid that got hurt."

"I'm just thanking God that my kids are fine," Fernandez said. "I'm happy that my husband wasn't home. I'm happy my mom wasn't here. I'm just happy that no one was in the house."

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