Columbia Transit bus forced into yard after collision

Friday, April 6, 2012 | 4:42 p.m. CDT; updated 5:17 p.m. CDT, Friday, April 6, 2012
A Columbia Public Transit bus veered off Providence Road onto private property, destroying part of a rosebush garden Friday afternoon. A car crashed into the bus and forced it off the road. No one was injured in the accident.

COLUMBIA — A car collided with a Columbia Transit bus Friday afternoon, forcing the bus into a yard. No one was injured.  

The bus was traveling south in the right lane of Providence Road. A four-door passenger car in the left lane was merging and collided with the bus, causing the bus to leave the roadway and go into the residential yard, patrol officer John Hoff of the Columbia Police Department said. 

Hoff said the police department received a call at 2:07 p.m. and reported to 929 S. Providence Road, where the bus stood in the yard, with pieces of a decorative cinder block fence lying around.

The owners of the home declined to comment. 

Hoff said there were two people in the car — the driver and one passenger.

Bus driver Lewis Mountain said there were about 16 passengers on the bus.  

"It happened too fast," Mountain said. "I just yelled, 'Hold on,' and it was all I could do. We had a ride and that was it."

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