Port Authority bus strikes 24-year-old pedestrian in Downtown Pittsburgh
A Port Authority of Allegheny County bus struck a 24-year-old woman in Downtown Pittsburgh and pinned her to the street Tuesday night, sending her to the hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries, officials said.
The woman was walking across the street at the intersection of Fort Pitt Boulevard and Wood Street about 7:15 p.m. when the bus hit her, Port Authority spokesman Adam Brandolph said.
“The pedestrian was trapped underneath the bus for a time until she was extricated,” Brandolph said. “She was alert and conscious throughout the entire incident.”
The victim, whose name was not released, was taken by ambulance to UPMC Mercy hospital, where she was reported to be in stable but serious condition, Brandolph said.
She suffered a broken jaw and pelvic fracture, according to Brandolph.
The bus driver, whom officials did not identify, is being tested for drugs and alcohol — a standard procedure in accidents, Brandolph said.
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Details remained scant late Tuesday on what may have caused the incident.
Brandolph said it was not immediately clear whether the woman was in a crosswalk nor whether the bus’s traffic light was red, yellow or green.
The bus is being stored in a Port Authority garage for further examination.
Officials will review video footage captured from the bus.
The scene was cleared and reopened to traffic by 8:30 p.m.
Editor’s note: Port Authority officials initially reported incorrectly that the person struck was 15 years old. She was 24.
Natasha Lindstrom is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-8514, [email protected] or via Twitter @NewsNatasha.