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Fourth ART bus involved in crash since opening day

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A fourth Albuquerque Rapid Transit bus was involved in a crash Friday night in Nob Hill.

Alicia Manzano, a city spokeswoman, said the driver of a car was injured in the crash. No other injuries were reported.

The crash occurred around 10:30 p.m. when a car crashed into the bus near Central and Princeton SE after trying to pass another vehicle by using the lane designated for ART buses.

“The bus had the right of way,” Manzano said.

She said the car suffered “significant damage” but the bus only got a few scrapes and was able to finish its route.

There were two crashes on Wednesday and one on Thursday, none of which resulted in serious injuries but left two buses in need of repair.

The first crash occurred Wednesday afternoon when a truck took a left turn against a red light and into the bus on West Central, near 52nd.

The second crash was on Central near Louisiana when a driver sideswiped an ART bus as the driver tried to turn left.

Then on Thursday afternoon a driver merged into the ART lane thinking it was a left-hand turn lane east of Nob Hill on Central.

As of right now officers are issuing warnings to drivers who cross the bus lanes but will start writing tickets in January, coinciding with passengers having to pay to ride the bus.

The city has said drivers can be fined up to $80 for parking in the ART lanes and $160 for crossing or making illegal left turns across the lanes.

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