Tallahassee City Bus and Car Involved in Accident on Tenn. Street

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

Tallahassee, Florida -- September 19, 2011 2:52 pm-

TPD says the driver of the black Mazda that rear ended the StarMetro bus is Ashley Messingschlager.

The 21-year-old was taken to Tallahassee Memorial after the crash.

Tallahassee, Florida - September 19, 2011 - 9:30am -

Eyewitness News has learned that a StarMetro bus and a car have been involved in an accident, according to the Tallahassee Police Department. The accident occurred at around 8:20am at the intersection of Tennessee Street and Columbia Drive

The bus was stopped at a bus stop to pick up riders when a person driving a car rear-ended the bus. Police say the driver was going about 35 to 45 mph. Police think the driver wasn't wearing a seat belt at the time and was knocked unconscious by the impact of the collision. The bus driver and 4 passengers were taken to Tallahassee Memorial for "precautionary" measures.

Drivers are advised to expect delays in the area.

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  • by Paulb on Sep 20, 2011 at 11:01 AM
    I would ride the bus if I could get to the stop and then home again. Oh, cell Phones create the same number of accidents as drunk driving. My knee jerk reaction is to blame a cell phone. Still, not seeing a stopped bus ? People on a bus can text all they want. Busses are a great idea but according to one poster here I can't ride them. I don't have enough welfare children or something. We have some real baffoons here don't we ?
  • by Crazy on Sep 20, 2011 at 10:32 AM
    Its funny we hear about the city bus getting into a crash, but a week ago a school bus got hit. No one even heard about that. Bus was stopped picking up kids, lady hit the bus from behind.
  • by DTH Location: Tallahassee on Sep 20, 2011 at 05:52 AM
    No matter what, Star Metro Drivers are Dangerous on the Road. I see them all the time doing things that if I did it, I would be Ticketed. PLUS: I am always seeing them Stopped in the Road for 10 to 20 Minutes as if they are Broken Down but instead they are just parked there killing time. ALSO: there are many Streets in Tallahassee that has way to many Bus Stops.
  • by Alex on Sep 20, 2011 at 05:01 AM
    Please list some reason where it would not be your fault for rear ending someone.
  • by shel Location: tally on Sep 20, 2011 at 03:48 AM
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      by PrezNixon on Sep 20, 2011 at 05:52 AM in reply to shel
      You know that for a fact, or are you just a fool?
  • by LipCheese on Sep 19, 2011 at 06:25 PM
    Too stupid to wear a belt, too blind to see a giant bus, almost a Darwin award winner
  • by jt Location: tally on Sep 19, 2011 at 02:33 PM
    all you people complaining about the busses need to realize that if everyone riding the busses had a car to drive there would be thousands more cars clogging our streets. Traffic in Tally would be gridlock constantly. And not all of us bus riders have multiple kids my multiple daddys. When my hubby lost his job due to downsizing we had to choose between foreclosure on our home or giving up our car. I'd much rather ride the city bus than have to file bankruptcy.
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      by PrezNixon on Sep 20, 2011 at 05:51 AM in reply to jt
      Maybe in some cities...but here in Tally the buses are normally pretty empty.....check them out sometime. The only place where buses are almost full is around the campuses.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 19, 2011 at 01:50 PM
    I see the foolish college kids texting and driving everyday!
  • by MissW Location: Tallahassee on Sep 19, 2011 at 01:19 PM
    If buses shouldn't be allowed to stop in the road, how would they pick up passengers? Make them run along and jump in once the driver opens the door?
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      by PrezNixon on Sep 20, 2011 at 05:49 AM in reply to MissW
      They should be on secondary roads...not a busy thrufare like Tennessee Street. Re-read my post...'busy roads'
  • by PrezNixon on Sep 19, 2011 at 01:04 PM
    You also got to realize....many accidents happen at this time of year and at March 15 to 25. The sun is low and direclty in many peoples eyes when driving east in morning and west in afternoon.
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