UPDATE: The city of Bellaire reports that the Transit Center was reopened Friday afternoon.
An accident late Thursday night (Aug. 22) injured pedestrians — one critically — and damaged the METRO Transit Center in Bellaire, which has been closed until a structural assessment can be performed.
Authorities said a METRO driver lost control of a bus carrying 35 passengers at about 11 p.m., hit a curb and then veered into those at the shelter.
Bellaire first responders are just blocks from the transit center, and Fire Chief Deacon Tittel said his crews rushed to the scene, assisted by the West University Fire Department.
“Upon arrival the crews assessed the scene and found that we had multiple injuries to several pedestrians with one individual being in critical condition,” Tittel told Essentials News. “Two individuals were transported as a result of the accident, and we did have one additional injury that was minor but was not transported.”
The victims were transported to separate hospitals, and their condition is not known. METRO said it is unaware of anyone on the bus being injured.
Bellaire officials said one of the columns supporting the canopy on the center was damaged and will require an engineering assessment. Until that is accomplished, the center will be closed.
Based in part on a story from KHOU.com