SAN JOSE -- Four people suffered minor injuries Monday evening in an accident involving a pickup truck and a VTA bus, which struck a Luna Park home.
Police were called to the intersection of 11th and Empire streets around 6:20 p.m. and found the bus on the sidewalk against the home's porch and the green contractor's truck in the intersection.
Three people were taken to a hospital, including the bus driver who suffered a broken hand, said VTA spokeswoman Brandi Childress. She said the other two went after complaining of pain, and one person was treated at the scene. There was minor damage to the home.
While police said the cause of the crash is still under investigation, Childress said the driver of the pickup ran a red light and hit the bus, which veered between two poles before coming to a stop against the home.
"We were very lucky," Childress said. "It could have been much worse."
A couple dozen spectators watched the truck get towed from the yard, including Eileen Vibanco, who lives in one of the units in the building.
"I heard one crash, didn't feel anything," she said. "I almost didn't come out but then I did and saw the bus and said 'Here we go again.'"
Vibanco said accidents at the intersection happen about once a month.
"People don't pay attention," she said. "They come through that intersection at 65, 70 mph."
The bus, which is a smaller community model that can seat 25, had three passengers on it at the time. Childress said service on the 65 line was not largely affected.
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