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Montebello Bus Takes Dive Off Downtown L.A. Bridge onto 110 Freeway

(EGPNews) -An empty, “broken down” Montebello transit bus rolled off the Fifth Street Bridge in downtown Los Angeles and landed on the 110 Freeway during the morning rush hour last Friday.

The crash occurred just before 8 a.m., and it was only “by luck” that the bus avoided hitting vehicles traveling along the freeway, Sgt. Mike Flynn of the LAPD Central Traffic Watch Division told EGP. No one was hurt.

Flynn said a supervisor from Montebello Bus Lines had been called out to help get the stalled bus going. While the supervisor worked on “outside control panel” of the bus, the breaks disengaged. On its way down, the bus hit a Montebello bus supervisor’s van and the bridge guardrail before plunging onto an off-ramp.

The bus driver had already jumped out of the bus before it went over the bridge. There were no passengers aboard.

Officials say it’s still too early to be sure what caused the bus to go over the bridge. “It is currently an open investigation. We are bringing in experts to assist us in conducting a thorough investigation. We’re grateful to report that no one was injured,” said Aurora Jackson, Montebello Bus Lines Director of Transportation. The city bus was a hybrid-electric vehicle purchased in 2009.