DART: Bus driver at fault in multi-vehicle Tollway crash

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by MARJORIE OWENS and JASON WHITELY

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WFAA

Posted on June 29, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 10:19 PM

DALLAS - The driver of a DART paratransit van caused a five-vehicle collision Friday afternoon that left two drivers injured and closed the southbound lanes of the Dallas North Tollway near downtown.

Considering the scope of the damage, it is remarkable no one died, witnesses said.

The accident happened at 2:30 p.m. in the southbound lanes of the Tollway where it connects to I-35E.

DART admitted that its driver did not slow down as he approached the traffic congestion causing the chain collision.

A black Nissan Sentra got crumpled between the DART van and a minivan.

Paramedics took two drivers to Parkland Hospital to be treated for neck and shoulder injuries.

The DART paratransit bus, which normally ferries wheelchair-bound riders, had no passengers on board when the crash happened.

The DART driver, who is employed by Veolia, DART's paratransit contract operator, is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, the transit agency said.

DART said it did not immediately know whether the van involved in the crash had cameras on board.

All lanes were reopened by 6:00 p.m. Friday.

E-mail: jwhitely@wfaa.com

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