LANCASTER – Five people were injured, included two deputies, when an Antelope Valley Transit Authority bus collided with a sheriff’s patrol unit and then crashed into the side of an ice cream shop Wednesday night.
The collision occurred around 8 p.m., Wednesday in the intersection of Avenue I and Division Street in Lancaster, on AVTA Route 11, according to AVTA officials.
According to a news release issued by AVTA Wednesday morning, details are still sketchy as the investigation remains ongoing, but preliminary reports show the bus and sheriff’s patrol unit collided when the coach operator turned south onto Division Street. The bus then hit the side of an unoccupied business located at 106 East Avenue I, the release states.
A worker at Antelope Valley Ice Cream confirmed that the store was struck by a bus Wednesday night. One of the store’s walls were damaged and will have to be repaired, but the ice cream shop is still open for business, the worker said.
Two L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies were transported to the hospital, treated for minor injuries and released. There were two passengers aboard the AVTA bus at the time of the accident. The driver and both passengers were able to walk off the bus after the accident and all three were transported to Antelope Valley Hospital, according to the AVTA news release.
“We are very concerned for the welfare of all those involved in this collision,” said AVTA Executive Director Julie Austin. “Safety is a top priority and we will thoroughly investigate this incident.”
The east and westbound lanes on Avenue I were shut down for several hours as officials investigated the cause of the accident. Onboard video has been retrieved from the AVTA bus and an investigative report should be completed by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s investigators in eight to ten days, according to the AVTA news release.