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Bus rider: MARTA bus broke down on tracks, was hit by train


No one was injured when a train struck a MARTA bus Wednesday morning.

It happened at West Howard Avenue and North McDonough Street.

MARTA bus driver Donna McMullen, 61, was traveling northbound with four passengers aboard when she reported the bus became "stuck" as it proceeded across the tracks.

MARTA issued a statement that said, in part, "As a westbound train approached, Operator McMullen followed MARTA emergency protocol and safely evacuated the bus. The ensuing impact caused serious damage to the bus which was later towed from the accident scene."

A woman riding the bus said the bus broke down on the tracks.

She said when she heard the train and saw the lights, she and others got off the bus and ran.

McMullen has been employed by MARTA since 1994. Following the accident, a mandatory drug and alcohol test was administered and she has been placed on leave, with pay, pending the outcome of the investigation.

MARTA said the bus had no known mechanical problems.

The crossing will be closed while crews repair the crossing arms.

Decatur police sent out the following email:

"Due to the accident this morning in involving a Marta bus and a CSX train, the intersections of North McDonough Street at West Howard Avenue and South McDonough Street and West College Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic for approximately the next twenty-four hours. The roadway will be closed utilizing barricades and directional signage. During this time, repairs will be made to the railroad tracks. Once the repairs are made, CSX will notify the police department the barricades can be removed. Repairs will also have to be done to one of the crossing arm poles that was knocked over during the accident. It will take approximately 2-3 days to replace the pole, but will not require the intersection to be shut down. CSX will place stop signs at the intersections and the train conductors will be given notice to stop at the intersection before proceeding. They will be required to put out flares before going through the intersection."

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

CBSAtlanta.com will have more information when it becomes available.

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