City bus injures Juneau man

Posted: Wednesday, January 02, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- A man hit by a Capital City Transit bus Friday night is in stable condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The 20-year-old man, whose name was not released, was medevaced to Seattle on Saturday morning with a lacerated liver and he underwent surgery Monday morning, according to police Capt. Tom Porter.

Police did not issue a citation to the driver, who was not identified. He has worked for the city-owned bus operation since 1998.

Police said the bus driver reported the accident at about 9 p.m. Friday on Glacier Highway.

Witnesses told police the man ran into the street. The bus swerved to avoid him but could not.

''When the man struck the bus or bus struck the man, it's hard to say right now which it was, but the man's head struck the lower corner of the driver's windshield and broke the windshield,'' said transit manager John Kern. ''It happened right in front of the driver. That's just a pretty traumatic thing to have unfold immediately in front of you.''

The man suffered multiple fractures to his elbow and leg, police said.

Kern said the bus driver has never had an accident during his time with the company. The driver was given temporary leave.

''He was pretty shook up,'' Kern said.

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