Police Investigate Car & Bus Crash in Phoenix

A 26-year-old pregnant woman died Monday, April 15 in Phoenix, Arizona from injuries sustained when the car she was riding in went through a red light and crashed into a tour bus, injuring two children in the back seat, but leaving the bus passengers unharmed.

The woman was initially placed on life support on Sunday, April 14, said Phoenix Police. The woman, who was pregnant at the time of the crash, had an emergency Caesarian section to save her 28-week-old fetus. The baby was in stable condition at a local hospital.

The accident was caused by a man traveling southbound who failed to stop for a red light at the intersection of the Interstate 17 access road and McDowell Road, crashing into a tour bus carrying 40 passengers westbound on McDowell Road in the middle lane. The vehicle eventually came to a stop on the island median.

A witness, Scott Bradley, told a  Phoenix television station that the car “was going very fast, and yeah, you heard it; it was definitely a good clip.”

He described the situation after he and others rushed to help at the accident site.

“The woman inside had some pretty traumatic injuries, so we did what we could with some pressure bandages and then the police and fire trucks arrived and they took her away,” he said.

The witness said there were two children, ages 3 and 1, in the back seat of the vehicle. The 3-year-old was in a booster seat, but the 1-year-old was not restrained; both sustained minor injuries and were taken to the hospital as a precaution.

The passengers on the charter bus, which routinely carries passengers from Nogales to Los Angeles, sustained no apparent injury.