Cause of Fatal Crash Involving AC Transit Bus Still Under Investigation
(by Jeff Shuttleworth) – The cause of a collision between a red Honda and an Alameda-Contra Costa Transit bus in Berkeley this morning that killed the Honda driver is still under investigation, a police spokesman said.
Investigators determined that the Honda was traveling south on California Street when it hit the AC Transit bus, which was heading west on Ashby Avenue, Berkeley police Sgt. Andrew Frankel said.
Frankel said there’s no stop sign on westbound Ashby Avenue, the direction the bus was traveling, but there is a stop sign on southbound California Street, the direction the Honda was traveling.
Investigators haven’t yet determined if the Honda driver stopped at the intersection, according to Frankel.
The force of the collision sent both vehicles crashing into a parked car and then into a nearby house, Frankel said.
The Honda driver, who was the only person in the car, died in the crash but the bus driver and the one passenger who was on board were not injured.
About three blocks of Ashby Avenue in that area remain closed this afternoon while police investigate the crash and Frankel said he did not know when they will be reopened.
AC Transit spokesman Robert Lyles said the two bus lines in that area, Lines 80 and 81, are still providing service but have to do short detours for now.
Lyles said the bus driver will undergo drug testing, which he said is standard protocol for a driver who’s involved in a collision. He said there’s no indication at this time that the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Lyles said the driver will be in an employee assistance program for at least three days and will undergo medical and psychological evaluations.
He said the driver “is understandably quite upset” about the fatal collision.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the family of the Honda driver,” Lyles said.