WATCH: RTA driver who slammed into parked cars on paid leave

UPDATE @ 8:32 a.m. (March 7):

The RTA bus driver who crashed into several parked cars on Troy Street in the early morning hours Monday is on paid leave following the crash, according to The Greater Dayton RTA.

Bus driver Lisa Harmon was hired by RTA on Nov. 13 last year and completed her operator training on Jan. 11.

RTA said they are currently waiting for results from a post-crash drug and alcohol test.

UPDATE @ 4:40 p.m. (March 6):

New video released to this news organization shows the driver of an RTA bus does not appear to be on a phone prior to a crash into multiple parked cars, despite a 911 caller reporting to dispatchers that she was.

A Dayton police crash report shows that “no distractions” were reported in the crash.

UPDATE @6:27 a.m. (March 6):

A RTA passenger was taken to Miami Valley Hospital after the bus crashed into several parked cars on Troy Street early Monday morning.

A second passenger on the bus was not injured, according to a Dayton Police traffic report.

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The driver was identified as Lisa G. Harmon. She was issued a citation.


We're working to find out more about an RTA bus accident on Troy Street early Monday where the bus damaged at least three parked vehicles.

A video taken from the camera aboard the bus shows the coach as it slams into the rear of one parked vehicle in the 700 block of Troy Street about 12:30 a.m. Monday.

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The coach continues on, forcing the first vehicle on top of the next vehicle parked in front of it.

The driver of the bus was on the phone, a caller told a 9-1-1 operator.

"A bus hit my car and another car," she said. "Please be quick."

The woman told the operator that no one was in her car or the second car that was hit.

"He hit very bad," she said of the RTA bus. "Please be quick."

Jessica Olson, a spokeswoman with RTA, said any information beyond the video of the crash would have to be obtained from Dayton police.

We will update this developing report as we learn more.

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