Three people were sent to local hospitals early Tuesday after a sport-utility vehicle crossed the center line of St. Clair Avenue in Fairview Heights and struck a MetroBus nearly head on.
The crash happened at 7:13 a.m., according to Fairview Heights police officer Tim Mueller. The Ford Excursion was eastbound when it hit the westbound bus in front of the Fairview Heights MetroLink station.
The collision left the front of the SUV crumpled with its hood folded up nearly against its windshield. The bus was damaged in the driver’s side front corner, with metal ripped away beneath the shattered windshield.
The bus driver and two of three passengers onboard were injured. The extent of their injuries was not immediately known.
The bus driver had to be extricated by emergency workers and was rushed to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis while the two passengers were taken to Belleville hospitals, one to Memorial and the other to St. Elizabeth’s.
The driver of the Excursion, Jason Restoff, was cited for failure to yield right of way, Mueller said. Restoff was not seriously injured and received first aid at the scene, according to police.