Five Hurt in Pennsylvania Bus, Truck Collision

Five people were hurt after a bus and pickup truck collided on a Pennsylvania highway.Five people were injured and the “jaws of life” employed after a Port Authority bus and pickup truck collision in a Pennsylvania roadway, according to published reports.

The crash occurred near the Rankin Bridge in Whitaker. Police have not said how the accident occurred, although authorities have said the collision was head-on. Firefighters used the “jaws of life” to free the bus driver from the vehicle, who the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports had been pinned in the wreckage. The device was also used to remove the driver of the pickup and a passenger from their totaled truck.

A Port Authority police officer told the newspaper that no one involved appeared to suffer any life-threatening injuries. The bus driver will be placed on paid leave and tested for drugs and alcohol, which Port Authority spokesman Jim Ritchie said is standard procedure after an accident.

Candice Argyle, who lives near the scene of the crash, told the media outlet that speeding likely contributed to the crash.

“I don’t know if the bus, the pickup or both were speeding, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they were because everybody seems to just fly past this spot,” she said.

Speeding was a contributing factor in 30 percent of all fatal motor vehicle accidents in 2004, the most recent year for which statistics are available, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.