Police are investigating a crash between a Metrobus and a taxi that killed one person near campus Friday evening.
The Metrobus was traveling west on Virginia Avenue when it hit a minivan taxi on 19th Street at about 8:15 p.m. The taxi spun in circles before it came to a full stop. The Metrobus continued on until it stopped on the grounds of the Federal Reserve building at Virginia Avenue and C Street, according to Metropolitan Police Department reports.
The D.C. Fire Department took 55-year-old Bartlett M. Tabor – who was visiting from California – to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. DCFD also transported the taxi driver and the three other passengers to the hospital and later released them. NBC4 reported that the other passengers included a woman and two children, but an MPD spokesman would not confirm the information.
A firefighter who arrived on the scene was also injured and taken to the hospital with minor injuries, according to MPD reports.
The Metrobus did not contain any passengers and was on its way back to the garage at the time of the accident, said Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority spokeswoman Cathy Asato. DCFD also transported the bus driver to the hospital and treated him for minor injuries.
The driver has been a Metro employee since March, and WMATA has put him on paid administrative leave until the investigation is completed. Officials said the driver had taken an alternative route back to the garage due to construction along the bus’ normal route.
The cause of the accident has yet to be determined, and it is currently under investigation by MPD’s Major Crash Investigations Unit. Officer Helen Andrews said there has been no new information released regarding the investigation.
The investigation will include an inspection of the bus itself to see if any mechanical failure could have caused the accident, according to a WMATA news release.
WMATA is currently in the midst of an ongoing effort to provide additional safety training to its 2,400 bus drivers, Asato said.