DART bus crashes into Salvation Army store in Oak Cliff




Posted on July 16, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Updated Sunday, Jul 17 at 10:46 AM

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DALLAS — No one was seriously injured when a DART bus crashed into a Salvation Army facility in Oak Cliff early Saturday.

The Salvation Army Family Store at 939 West Jefferson Boulevard will be closing its doors as a result. Workers spent the day cleaning and boarding up the property.

Carl Earp, a spokesman for the agency, said the store will likely be shut down for up to three weeks.

The Route 11 bus plowed through the store at 6 a.m., shattering windows, tossing furniture and knocking down shelves.

"The whole entire bus was in the store," said neighbor Lina Bryant.

Investigators said a Nissan Xterra traveling in the wrong direction on Polk Street hit the bus as it was passing through a green light on Jefferson Boulevard. The impact propelled the bus into the store.

"The DART bus had the right of way," said DART spokesman Mark Ball. "The other driver was heading the wrong way."

Four people were injured, including two people in the car, the bus operator, and one passenger.

No one was seriously hurt, but the dramatic scene stunned Salvation Army employees. Their thrift shop is a popular spot on weekends.

"It could have been worse," Earp said.

No one has been charged, but police are investigating to see whether the driver of the car was impaired.

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