Faulty brakes likely a factor in deadly NC bus crash

Source: (Sky 3 | WBTV)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – One person was killed and 16 others were injured Monday in a vehicle crash involving a Charlotte Area Transit (CATS) bus in uptown Charlotte. A preliminary investigation shows a truck that drove that through a red light and collided with the CATS bus may have been experiencing brake failure, police say.

The accident happened around 5 p.m. at the intersection of 3rd and McDowell Streets near the John Belk Freeway/I-277 ramp. Officials said a 1987 Ford F150 was coming off of John Belk and had a red light.

The Ford swerved left around other vehicles that were stopped at the light and went into the intersection where it collided with CATS bus number 2115, officials say. The CATS bus was traveling through a green light when it was hit, swiping a 2013 Lexus IS250.

The driver of the pickup, which was struck on the driver’s side by the bus, was transported to Carolinas Medical Center where they later died. Their name has not been released.

Medic reported that fifteen other people were injured in the wreck. The driver of the bus and a passenger in the pickup truck were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, and thirteen passengers on the bus were taken to Carolinas Medical Center with minor injuries. The driver of the Lexus was not injured.

“The Ford F150 may have experienced a braking system failure prior to the collision,” police said Monday. They do not believe alcohol was a contributing factor.

Crews closed the intersection, as well as the ramp from the outer loop of I-277 onto 3rd street, while they worked the scene.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or investigators at 704-432-2169.

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