UVa Bus Crashes into Beta Bridge

By: Jim Hanchett Email
By: Jim Hanchett Email

October 20, 2010

For the second time in three days, a University of Virginia Transit System (UTS) bus was involved in an accident.

Police say an empty UVa bus crashed into Beta Bridge on Rugby Road around 7am Wednesday morning.

The driver says he parked the bus at a stop and secured the emergency brake before walking to the back of the bus to pick up some trash. However, the bus started rolling, and did not come to a stop until it crunched into Beta Bridge.

Officials say both the bridge and the UVa bus are in need of repairs, but no one was injured.

Beta Bridge, in its current form, has been around since the 1920s and it named for Beta Theta Pi, a nearby fraternity. The bridge is constantly changing canvas for art work and community messages, often painted by sorority and fraternity members along Rugby Road.

On Monday, a University Transit System bus struck and injured a pedestrian by the UVa Medical Center.

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