VIDEO: Bus captured head-on collision with driver

Driver of other vehicle is expected survive

A 57-year-old woman who crashed head-on into a public bus Thursday is expected to survive, according to St. Petersburg Police Department.
 
Video from the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority bus shows Ruth Hoffelmeyer’s vehicle crossing a double line and colliding with the bus.
Warning: This video does not show anyone's injury, but the collision of may be disturbing to some.


Crash investigators still believe Hoffelmeyer, a St. Petersburg resident, experienced an unknown medical problem that caused her to lose control of her vehicle, said Yolanda Fernandez, a St. Petersburg Police spokeswoman.
 
The video confirms how police believe the crash occurred -- with Hoffelmeyer crossing the double yellow line, she said.
 
“They still do believe it was a medical episode, so there are no charges pending and the woman is still recovering,” Fernandez said.
 
The crash occurred as the vehicles crossed paths on 94th Avenue North just east of Gandy Boulevard, police said. Fifteen people were aboard the bus, seven of whom were taken to the hospital with what police described as non-serious injuries.
 
Hoffelmeyer hasn’t been able to speak with investigators because she has been in and out of consciousness, Fernandez said.
 
“It’s amazing she survived," she said.

 

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