16 Hurt in Airport Shuttle Crash in Atlanta

Bus hits tractor-trailer making a U-turn

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted May 24, 2013 3:52 PM CDT

(Newser) – Sixteen people were taken to the hospital today, at least two in serious condition, after they were hurt in a crash between a hotel shuttle bus and a tractor-trailer near Atlanta's airport, officials said. The morning crash occurred on the road that loops around Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, the world's busiest airport. It appears the shuttle struck the side of a tractor-trailer that was attempting a U-turn. "I don't believe any of the passengers were wearing seat belts on the shuttle bus, so they were all thrown," said a police sergeant. Marks on the road indicate the bus skidded about 158 feet before the impact. It wasn't immediately clear whether any traffic laws were violated.

A hotel shuttle bus is readied for towing after the crash in Atlanta.
A hotel shuttle bus is readied for towing after the crash in Atlanta.   (Ray Henry)
A hotel shuttle bus is seen after the crash.
A hotel shuttle bus is seen after the crash.   (Ray Henry)
A wrecked airport shuttle bus is seen Friday after the crash in Atlanta.
A wrecked airport shuttle bus is seen Friday after the crash in Atlanta.   (Ray Henry)
A wrecked airport shuttle bus is shown  Friday, May 24, 2013 in College Park, Ga. The bus collided with a truck near Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport injuring 16 people who were taken to area hospitals.
A wrecked airport shuttle bus is shown Friday, May 24, 2013 in College Park, Ga. The bus collided with a truck near Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport injuring 16 people who were taken...   (Ray Henry)
At least 16 people were injured Friday in the accident.
At least 16 people were injured Friday in the accident.   (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, John Spink)
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