A 911 call from a rider on a Metrobus that crashed in Rockville in December was crucial to the initial response.
Dashcam video shows how the quick reaction of a Metro driver helped avoid more injuries in the December 29 Rockville Pike bus crash.
The accident happened around 4:15 p.m. on Rockville Pike at Alta Vista Road. Five vehicles, including a J-9 Metrobus, were involved in the crash.
News4 obtained video from the Metrobus dashboard camera, showing the moment a truck crossed the median and slammed into bus loaded with passengers.
The driver of that pick-up truck, 49-year-old Nkono Edorh of Silver Spring, did not survive the crash.
At least 10 people on board the bus were hurt.
The bus driver, 41-year-old Lennitta Bryant suffered serious injuries.
A rider was one of the first to call 911.
"Can you ask the driver where you're at?" the dispatcher asked.
"Well, he's hurt," the passenger replied. "People are tending to him because he's kind of mashed up up there."
Metro officials praised Bryant's quick reaction, saying things could have been a lot worse. As the pickup crossed over the center line and came at the bus head on, Bryant turned the Metrobus off the side of the roadway, deflecting some of the impact.
Metro says Bryant, a 13-year veteran, continues to recover from the accident at home. The agency says its looking forward for her return.
Montgomery County Police said they have yet to determine just what caused the pickup truck to jump into the wrong lane.