Bus crash victim: I feel extremely lucky


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A month after red light-runners sent two ABQ Ride buses crashing in dramatic fashion, city officials are waiting to learn of any costs, while the people involved are still dealing with the aftermath.

In January, Albuquerque police say a plumbing van ran a red light and hit an ABQ Ride bus, pushing the bus into a Nob Hill home. The homeowner says that house is uninhabitable, and he’s waiting on an estimate of the damage.

Antonia Lucero, who was inside the home when the bus came crashing through, said she was thrown off her couch in the impact.

“I feel extremely lucky. They said if I had been sitting up on that couch against the wall, I probably would have broken my neck,” Lucero said.

An ABQ Ride spokesperson said the bus involved in the Nob Hill crash can be fixed. The owner of the plumbing company told KRQE News 13 he believes his company’s insurance policy should cover the repairs.

The city is waiting to hear from insurance adjusters about this crash, and about one that happened just days earlier at Unser and Central. In that crash, police say a driver ran a red light, smashing into a bus, sending it careening into a Route 66 marker. ABQ Ride said that bus, a hybrid that cost $700,000 seven years ago, was totaled.

A city spokesperson told KRQE News 13 they do not know if the pickup truck driver’s insurance will cover the cost of the bus, or how much the city may have to fork over to make up the difference to buy a new one.

APD said the two drivers accused of causing the crashes received summons for red light violations.

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