A 49-year-old Los Angeles man was killed after the van he was driving collided with a shuttle bus near Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) early Thursday, December 2nd, according to Los Angeles Police.
Nearly all of the 23 shuttle bus passengers suffered minor injuries, police said.
The driver of a Chevrolet van, who was identified as Quentin Simon, was headed eastbound on the 96th Street bridge, which passes over Sepulveda Boulevard, when the van struck the westbound LAX shuttle bus at 9:52 a.m., police allege.
Detective Mike Dunn of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) West Traffic Division alleged that the van crossed into the westbound lane and collided head-on with the left-front corner of the shuttle bus.
The bus was taking LAX employees to the airport at the time of the accident, he said.
Police have not determined the cause of the accident, but a witness alleged that the van continued straight on the bridge instead of veering to the right off the bridge, Dunn said.
Police and firefighters quickly arrived at the scene, and worked for 15 minutes to free Simon from the front of the van, which was smashed in from the impact, Dunn said.
Simon, who was the only occupant of the van, was taken to Centinela Hospital, where he died shortly after arrival, said City of Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Jim Wells.
Of the 23 passengers on board the shuttle bus, 21 were treated at area hospitals and clinics, but there were no serious injuries, Wells said.
Police shut down the 96th Street bridge, which connects off-airport employee and passenger parking lots to airport terminals, for several hours to clear the scene.
The LAPD West Traffic Division is continuing the investigation into what may have caused the collision, Dunn said.
“There’s a lot of guesswork,” he said.