[UPDATES ARE PLACED AT THE BOTTOM OF STORY, BELOW:]
At approximately 10 a.m. this morning, a multi-vehicle accident occurred in downtown Asheville, causing damage to nearby buildings when a city bus crashed into 57 College Street, rupturing a gas line and seriously injuring a pedestrian. Streets are reopened and the gas line fixed, and the Asheville Police Department is asking for witnesses of the accident to come forward.
“Shortly before 10 a.m., a city bus struck the building at that location, causing a gas line rupture,” an announcement released this evening reads. The bus also struck an unnamed pedestrian, who was seriously injured, and is currently receiving treatment at Mission Hospitals.
The facade of Spa Theology was damaged by a vehicle, and related structural damage to the Mediterranean Restaurant caused a gas leak eyewitnesses said could be smelled from the street.
Photographs of the scene show damage to a bus, a truck, other vehicles and surrounding structures.
For much of the day, College Street was closed from Lexington to Haywood due to the gas line rupture. However, at 6:34 p.m., the APD declared that the streets were reopened and the gas leak had been repaired.
This report will be updated as more information becomes available.
Photoset of the scene by Alan Hantz here.
Photos by Alan Hantz
Full announcement from the APD below.
ASHEVILLE – Police are continuing to investigate a traffic collision that occurred this morning at 57 College St., downtown.
Shortly before 10 a.m., a city bus struck the building at that location, causing a gas line rupture. The bus also struck a pedestrian.
She is being treated at Mission Hospital for serious injuries. Investigators are not releasing her name at this time.
Streets have been reopened in the vicinity of the incident and the gas leak has been repaired.
Asheville Police Traffic Safety Unit officers ask anyone who saw the wreck to contact investigators at (828) 251-4085.
Sunday, April 18: The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that “A woman on her way with her companion to their regular breakfast date at Mediterranean Restaurant on College Street lost a leg after on out-of-control city bus struck her Saturday morning.” The cause of the accident remains under investigation by the Asheville Police Department and will take several days to complete. The Citizen-times story is here.