Neighbors concerned for their safety after CapMetro bus slams into home


AUSTIN (KXAN) — On Monday afternoon, a CapMetro bus barreled into a home — doing some serious damage. Four people were hospitalized in the accident that happened at 53rd Street and Duval.

Now three UT students will be searching for housing for the foreseeable future. 

While those living there were left unscathed, the roommates say there’s a bigger safety issue along their street. 

“We heard it and we felt it. It felt like an earthquake,” said Abby Nirenber, who was in the living room when the bus crashed. 

But this wasn’t a natural disaster. 

“That’s my roommate’s bathroom. The white and red tile. That’s his bathroom. The window? That’s my bedroom, said Charlie Cumerford, who lives in the home. 

Officials with CapMetro say the bus driver followed all the proper traffic laws and hasn’t been cited. 

EMS officials say it’s possible a separate driver, who was suffering from a medical emergency, may have sparked this accident. 

“She was crying out for help, and just the way she was screaming, I’ll never forget it. Absolutely not,” Nirenberg said about the CapMetro bus driver.  

Neighbors we spoke to say they’ve had problems with this intersection for a long time. Narrow streets, cars that fly by and people that rarely pay attention to the stop signs. 

“You hear a lot of aggressive driving, you see aggressive driving and it’s definitely becoming a problem,” said Myles Phillips, who rides his bike on 53rd every day. He said it’s become scary to try to navigate. 

While the three roommates may be out of a home for a while, they’re using what happened to them as an example for others and are calling for change in their neighborhood. 

“There needs to be more awareness about this stop sign. It’s clear as day. You can see them as well as I can. And still it happens where people run them,” Cumerford said. 

Officials with CapMetro say APD will take over the investigation from this point forward. 

KXAN will update this story as more information becomes available.

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