According to “ABC 13 Eyewitness News” around 1:30 pm CST on June 1, 2016, a Houston Metro bus collided with a pickup truck and a street sign. This has resulted in at least 20 people injured. The accident occurred near 2200 Runnels in the downtown area. All individuals involved in the crash were removed from danger through the use of the Houston Fire Department AMBUS Mass Casualty Mobile Hospital/Transportation Bus.
This emergency transportation system is called to scenes when there are multiple people injured. This mass casualty mobile hospital is able to limit the amount of strain on other emergency systems within the community. “Sartin Services” reports these modern approaches to mass injuries, and casualties has been implemented in Palestine with great success.
The system has been used in East Texas for several years. The Texas emergency systems have implemented eight of these buses in Texas to help emergency services with the increase of natural disasters and multi-car pile-ups. Houston is one of the largest cities in the United States and car accidents are quite common in larger urban communities.
The Public Slate will continue to provide updates as they become available.
Written by Kristina Lasher
Edited by Cathy Milne
ABC 13 EYEWITNESS NEWS: AT LEAST 20 INJURED IN MAJOR ACCIDENT INVOLVING HOUSTON METRO BUS
Sartin Services: Mass-casualty ambulance service based at Palestine hospital
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