At least 14 injured when Long Beach public transit bus crashes into restaurant


At least 14 people were injured when a Long Beach public transit bus crashed into a restaurant Thursday afternoon, police said.

The Long Beach Police Department responded to the crash at South Street and California Avenue to find that the bus had crashed into a vehicle and a building.

Paramedics reported that at least 14 people had injuries ranging from “minor to critical-but stable.” Of those, 10 people were transported to area hospitals.

The bus driver was among the injured, according to a spokesperson from Long Beach Transit.

The crash is still under investigation, but an update from the Long Beach Police Department said that a sedan was traveling southbound on California Avenue through an intersection when the car crashed into the bus.

The sedan, police say, was traveling at a high rate of speed and did not stop at a stop sign.

Police said that South Street is currently closed to through traffic from Myrtle Avenue to Lewis Avenue.

Daniel Lambert, a resident who lives in the North Long Beach neighborhood off the intersection where the crash took place, said dangerous driving is a frequent problem along South Street.

“It happens all the time – people do donuts, go 60 to 70 miles per hour down the street,” Lambert said at the scene of the accident on Thursday night. “People in the neighborhood complain about it all the time.”

It’s so frequent, he said, that he and his neighbors hear the reckless driving from their backyard just down the street on a regular basis.

He’s unsure if anyone in the neighborhood has formally complained about the problem, but said he never has himself citing concerns no action would be taken.

“It happens all the time,” he said.

Long Beach Police Department and other city authorities appeared to be working on towing the bus out of its location inside the Boujie Crab restaurant at about 6:10 p.m.

This is a developing story.


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