WESTWOOD—On Saturday, August 22, a bus in Westwood crashed into a tree, injuring the driver along with 14 other people.
Canyon News spoke to a representative from the Los Angeles Police Department Media Relations Section who confirmed that the crash occurred around 12:30 a.m. on the 1000 block of Wilshire when the bus veered of the street, jumping the curb in the process and crashing into a tree. The tree fell crashing onto a light pole.
The bus was carrying a total of 15 people including the driver. None of the injuries were life-threatening. Ten of the reported injuries were minor, and paramedics were able to treat the victims on the scene of the crash. Five others, including the driver, were taken to nearby medical facilities including Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and UCLA Medical Center.
The cause of the crash is reported to be the fault of the female bus driver. She claimed that she blacked out while driving and lost control of the bus as a result. The driver has yet to be identified. Authorities have found no reason to suspect that the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, since none were found at the scene of the crime.
The crash resulted in Wilshire Boulevard between Manning and Thayer avenues to be closed down. The cause of the crash is still under investigation by officials.