NEWTON, Mass. (WHDH) -
Crews removed an MBTA bus from a crash scene where it hit a guardrail on Washington Street, according to state police.
The bus was removed from its perch over the Pike in Newton late Sunday morning, several hours after the crash.
The Route 57 bus was coming from Watertown and heading to Kenmore Square when, for some reason, it jumped the sidewalk and hit the guardrail.
"There is a guardrail, as you can see. A pretty strong guardrail. Then there is a fence. That prevented the bus from moving any further. Not to say that it would have went on to the Mass. Pike, but it is stopped in place where it hit those two items," said Lt. Detective Mark Gillespie of the Transit Police Department.
Kelly Smith of the MBTA said the crash happened at about 7:45 a.m. Sunday in Newton. She said 11 people were on the bus, and eight of them were transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, including the operator. They were transported to Saint Elizabeth's and Newton Wellesley Hospital.
State police said the bus was partially hanging over the Massachusetts Pike, but the Newton Fire Department has secured it.
The left lane of the road was opened and the I-90 westbound on-ramp remained closed at Exit 17 after the bus crashed through a guardrail and fencing in Newton, according to Massachusetts State Police.
Crews have completed repairs and the road has been reopened Sunday evening.
MBTA officials said the 55-year-old driver has been with them since 1996 but would say little about the driver's safety record.
Transit police detectives and the Middlesex District Attorney's office are investigating the cause of the crash.
Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:42 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:42:32 GMT
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