Identity Released in Fatal MTD Bus Collision

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Identity Released in Fatal MTD Bus Collision
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Update by edhat staff
October 10, 2019

Authorities have released the name of the woman who died in an MTD bus accident this week. 

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office has confirmed 67-year-old Eve Debra Johnson was struck and killed by an MTD bus after it drove onto the sidewalk of Figueroa Street near Chapala. 

The incident is under investigation.

MTD Santa Barbara released the following statement on Thursday:

"MTD offers our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the individuals involved.

MTD is cooperating fully with the investigation being conducted by the Santa Barbara Police Department, and due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, no additional information is available at this time."

Update by Santa Barbara Police Department
5:34 p.m., October 9, 2019

On Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 2:16 P.M. the Santa Barbara Police Department Combined Communications Center received numerous 911 calls reporting an MTD bus collision at the corner of Figueroa and Chapala Street.

Upon arrival, public safety personnel observed two victims on the ground outside of the bus. One victim was deceased while the other had suffered major injuries. Multiple passengers on the bus claimed injury.

A Santa Barbara Fire Department Incident Commander quickly assessed the scene and determined the number of potential casualties exceeded the immediately available resources. As per county protocol, he initiated an MCI or mass causality incident. That alerted region-wide public safety agencies, the hospital, and ambulance services to be prepared to deploy additional resources and apparatus if necessary. Additionally, the Police Department deployed their mobile incident command vehicle and summoned the Critical Incident Traffic Investigation Team.  Approximately 20 police officers and 20 firefighters were involved in the incident.

An unknown number of people were aboard the bus at the time of the collision.  At least two bus passengers needed to be taken to the hospital. Their injuries were categorized as moderate. Many others on the bus reported injuries but declined medical transport and left the area on their own volition after speaking to police investigators.

According to witnesses, prior to the collision the bus was traveling north on Chapala Street before making a right turn east on to Figueroa Street. For a yet-to-be-determined reason, the bus continued turning, driving up onto the sidewalk and striking two individuals before coming to rest inside a city parking lot against four vehicles.

Investigators are in the process of interviewing more than 20 witnesses, including the bus driver. The area in which the incident took place is expected to remain closed for a number of hours while investigators detail the scene.

The cause of the crash remains unknown.

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Reported by Roger the Scanner Guy
2:36 p.m., October 9, 2019

Incident at Figueroa and Chapala...Something happened and I missed the call posting in case others know what is up, please share.

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a-1570760777 Oct 10, 2019 07:26 PM
Identity Released in Fatal MTD Bus Collision

Sorry but I have a disability that isn't visible even though I am young. I hate the assumption that because I am young, I must give up my seat to an elderly rider.

a-1570765655 Oct 10, 2019 08:47 PM
Identity Released in Fatal MTD Bus Collision

You certainly don’t have to give up your seat to an elderly or obviously disabled rider if you need it yourself. I am a rider with an inability to stand while the bus is moving. I am also a bit old. When I get on to a crowded bus I sometimes have to ask for a seat. The driver cannot start driving until I’m seated—I am that obviously disabled. I’m sure MAUVE was suggesting that able-bodied riders pay attention and offer seats when appropriate. It’s astounding how often people do not. And then I am pleasantly surprised when someone does. I am aware that apparently able people sometimes have bad knees or whatever. But a bus full of teenagers surely has a few who can get up for a one-legged old person. It is sad to me that the person who offers a seat is often the middle-aged woman who has clearly been on her feet all day. But I digress.

Crumb Oct 11, 2019 07:24 PM
Identity Released in Fatal MTD Bus Collision

There were buses parked all the way to the corner on Chapala (including taking up the the right turn bay) to make that turn with a bus you would have to make that turn from the middle of the street. As you can see from the picture the only place to park the bus, (as there were buses parked int he parking lot turn lane) was in the red zone. That is where she was headed. Maybe gas instead of break, I don't know, but the city should not have allowed this type of parking at any time. There were buses parked all the way up the next block on Chapala also. The old Greyhound lot is empty and for rent, maybe a short term bus parking spot would have been the right thing to do. By the way I was in the lot about 10 yards from it. Maybe I will sleep tonight without the sight in my head...maybe not....

Beautifulcopy123 Oct 11, 2019 07:38 PM
Identity Released in Fatal MTD Bus Collision

Did they ever find out if the driver was under the influence? Or texting? Or even may have had a heart attack? May the victim Rest In Peace. Prayers and condolences to her love ones. Also pray for a fast recovery for the injured victims.


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