One center city SEPTA bus killed a woman and another seriously injured a man in a wheelchair this week, according to a Philadelphia Daily News report. The 2 SEPTA bus accidents are currently under investigation. Angelina Conti, 74, of Porter Street, was running errands when she was struck by the bus at Broad and Oregon Avenue. She was rushed to the hospital with severe head trauma and died 2 days later.
Three hours before Conti passed away, a SEPTA bus struck and seriously injured a man in a wheelchair on 8th Street.
A SEPTA spokesperson said Conti was walking across Broad Street when she was hit by the bus as it turned onto North Broad. She was well within the crosswalk and officials do not know why the fatal Philadelphia bus accident occurred.
In the other incident, according to police, the Route 47 bus turned onto 8th Street from Girard Avenue just as Donald Jones, 47, rolled his wheelchair into the crosswalk.
One witness said he watched in horror as Jones was dragged screaming down the street. His legs and wheelchair were crushed under the weight of the bus. He was treated for injuries at a nearby hospital. SEPTA officials said that neither the driver nor the victim saw each other because of trucks parked near the corner. The officials also said the victims both had the right of way when they were hit.