Truck hits bus, driver runs off with beer

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Witnesses at the scene said this truck driver ran a stop sign -- and T-boned a TriMet bus near the intersection of NW 9th Avenue and Everett Street Wednesday night, Sept. 11, 2013. (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A pickup collided with a TriMet bus in Northwest Portland Wednesday, sending one bus passenger to the hospital and two others with minor injuries.

Witnesses at the scene said the truck driver ran a stop sign — and T-boned the bus near the intersection of NW 9th Avenue and Everett Street. One witness said the suspect got out of his truck with a case of beer and ran down the street.

This happened as a Line 77 bus headed east on NW Everett around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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A woman holds what appears to be an ice pack on her head at the scene of this TriMet bus collision. (KOIN 6 News)

“There were about 14 passengers on board the bus,” according to a later TriMet news release. “One person on the bus was transported with a non-life-threatening injury. Two other passengers complained of minor injuries but did not need transport.”

The bus was struck on the left side near the fuel tank. TriMet Spokesperson Roberta Altstadt told KOIN 6 News about 15 gallons of diesel spilled from the bus.

Portland fire crews worked to prevent the diesel from entering a nearby storm drain. In the end, the bus lost about two-thirds of its fuel load. Crews “had to create a pool to keep from going into drain,” said Ron Rouse with Portland Fire & Rescue.

TriMet rerouted other Line 77 buses around the crash scene.

“The driver of the pickup reportedly left the scene initially,” TriMet reported later Wednesday, “and then returned.”

That driver, identified by police as a 23-year-old male, was arrested. He now faces charges of DUII and Reckless Driving.

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