Crash between MARTA bus, SUV sends 5 to hospitals

A MARTA bus collided with a Chevy Tahoe on Wednesday, shutting down a major northwest Atlanta artery for a time and sending five people to hospitals, police said.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Hollowell Parkway and Fulton Industrial Boulevard about 9 a.m., when the bus went off the road and wrecked, Atlanta police told Channel 2 Action News.

At one point all lanes were blocked, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center


Just before 10 a.m., two westbound lanes of Hollowell Parkway were closed. All lanes reopened about 30 minutes later, but heavy delays remained through the area, the Traffic Center reported. 

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According to MARTA officials, three passengers were on the bus at the time of the crash.


The injured people were taken to hospitals with complaints of head, neck and back pain, police spokesman Officer Jarius Daugherty said. No serious injuries were reported, he said.

Phyllis Parrish, a passenger in the Tahoe, told she felt “a hard impact.”

“I can’t believe we're here,” Parrish said. “E ven though I was seat-belted in, the pressure was so hard it slammed me, and right now I feel like my rib cage is busted.”

Parrish was traveling with friends from her home in Carroll County to Northside Hospital, where her daughter is in labor with Parrish’s first grandchild.

“I’m still trying to get to my daughter,” she said. “She’s my only child. Of course any mother would want to see their first grandson be born and be with their child in labor.”

Police later determined the driver of the SUV was at fault in the crash, Daugherty said. The driver, who has not been identified, was cited for failure to obey a traffic control device and driving with a canceled registration.

Authorities work to clean up a wreck involving an SUV and a MARTA bus on Donald E. Hollowell Parkway on Wednesday morning. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM


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