A MAX Paratransit bus was heading south on 39th Street when a Toyota Tundra ran a red light and T-boned it, causing it to flip over. Source: WBRC video
Witnesses told police the Toyota Tundra wasn't speeding, but disregarded the red light. Source: WBRC video
A tow truck carries the damaged MAX bus away. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -
A Birmingham MAX bus overturned after getting into a wreck on Messer Airport Highway on Monday morning.
The MAX VIP Paratransit bus was headed south on 39th Street when a white Toyota Tundra ran a red light and T-boned it, causing it to flip over on its side, according to Birmingham police.
There was only one passenger, an elderly woman, on the bus. She sustained lacerations to the head and was taken to UAB Hospital but will reportedly be OK.
The drivers of both vehicles were fine. Police say witnesses do not report the driver of the truck going at a high rate of speed, but that he simply disregarded the signal.
FOX6 asked BJCTA Executive Director Ann August if she was surprised that the truck could cause the bus to turn over on its side.
"Not really surprised, I've been in transit 34 years and I've seen many accidents over the years. A certain way that any vehicle is hit would be cause for it to flip over," August said.
Director August says they'll let police finish their investigation then they'll do their own investigation and turn it over to the insurance company to see if anything from the vehicle can be salvaged.