A head-on collision involving a MARTA public transit bus and a motorcycle left one dead in Fulton County the morning of June 2.
WSB reports that at approximately 5:30 a.m., an unidentified 42-year-old man was driving his motorcycle down Washington Road in East Point when he crossed the road’s center line and struck a MARTA bus head-on.
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The motorcyclist was pinned under the bus and died at the scene.
The bus was carrying four passengers, none of whom were injured in the accident.
According to the AJC, the driver of the bus was taken to Atlanta Medical Center South for mandatory substance testing. The results of those tests have not been reported.
The AJC reports that one witness said that the incident happened so quickly that the driver did not have time to avoid the motorcycle. That same witness says he went to check on the motorcyclist immediately after the accident, but he was not responsive
MARTA spokeswoman Alisa Jackson told WSB that since all buses are outfitted with CCTV cameras, the Georgia State Patrol would have video to examine as it investigated the crash.
The wreck temporarily closed down a portion of Washington Road while the scene was cleared.
It is unknown if the driver of the motorcycle was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, which is required by law in Georgia.
Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety report that death in a motorcycle crash is 42% more likely if the driver is not wearing a helmet.
The University of Michigan also reports that there is an average of 63,000 accidents involving buses each year, of which approximately 325 result in a fatality.