RTA bus, commercial truck crash injures 16

A five-vehicle crash in Algiers involving a Regional Transit System bus and a hydro excavation truck left 16 people injured, including three who were taken to the hospital with moderate injuries, New Orleans police said Wednesday.

The crash occurred about 4 p.m., when the bus was turning from Behrman Highway onto Behrman Place and was struck by the tractor trailer.

The truck then caught fire, though both its occupants were able to get out of the vehicle with minor injuries, Officer Frank Robertson III said in a news release.

Three other vehicles were involved in the crash in a chain reaction from the initial wreck, which left the truck leaning onto the driver’s side of the bus, Robertson said.

Authorities took 11 people to the hospital as a result of the crash, none of whom appeared to have life-threatening injuries.

Hazardous material crews were on the scene of the wreck as precaution and the roadway was closed until debris could be cleared.

The truck was a hydro excavation vehicle owned by Hydro Spy, a Houston company, according to WWL-TV. It was carrying only water and dirt, Robertson said.

NOPD is investigating the crash and has not yet issued any citations in the case, Robertson said.