BROCKTON (CBS) – A Brockton Area Transit bus driver was trapped and seriously hurt in a crash Thursday morning.
The bus went off East Street and hit a fire hydrant and tree in a yard around 8:25 a.m. The driver was pinned up against the front of the bus for an hour-and-a-half.
It took about 15 Brockton firefighters to remove her and eventually get her to a medical rescue helicopter. She was rushed to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
Brockton Fire Deputy Chief Gerry Kenney said the driver’s injuries were not life-threatening, but it took awhile to get her out of the wreck because there was sheet metal from the bus wrapped around her foot.
“I went inside the bus, she was stuck with the wheel on her belly. I helped her to turn it (and) put the chair back, but her feet were stuck on the bar,” one witness told WBZ-TV.
In a statement, Brockton Area Transit said she is a “long-term, valued employee.” They did not reveal her name. Kenney said she’s 59-years old.
Two other people were on the bus at the time of the crash. They were both taken to Brockton Hospital with minor injuries.
Part of East Street was shut down for the rescue and removal of the bus.
It’s still not known what caused the crash.
No other information is available at this point in the investigation.