Five people injured in shuttle crash at Pittsburgh International Airport

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Five people were injured when two parking shuttle buses collided at the Pittsburgh International Airport this afternoon, authorities said.

The crash occurred just before 4 p.m. on the commercial departures curb, where taxis, limos, shuttles and buses drop off flyers, airport spokeswoman JoAnn Jenny said.

An airport shuttle from the extended-term parking lot rear-ended an off-site parking shuttle and swerved, hitting a jersey barrier, she said.

Four adults and a child were injured, county police Sgt. Lewis Ferguson said. Two of the adults and the 10-year-old were transported to Heritage Valley Sewickley Hospital.

The child's mother, Jessica Schaefer of Bloomfield, said, "He's really banged up. He really looks like a prizefighter." She and her son were on the airport shuttle.

When the shuttle stopped to let off passengers, she and her son stood to exit. Suddenly, she said, the shuttle accelerated quickly to the left, striking the other bus and then the barrier.

"It seriously was like the van went from zero-to-60: full-out acceleration," Ms. Schaefer said. "It kind of felt like [the driver] lost control."

The boy was thrown to the ground and hit his head, she said. After getting an X-ray, a CT scan, medications and instructions on concussion care from the hospital, Ms. Schaefer said her son will be in a lot of pain, but that "he was a trooper."

They cancelled their trip to Missouri, she said. Ms. Schaefer was uninjured.

Ms. Jenny said she did not know which shuttle the injured adults were on. Sgt. Ferguson said all of the injuries were minor.

The incident did not cause any traffic delays or disruptions for other travelers, Ms. Jenny said.

Allegheny County Police continue to investigate, the sergeant said.

Lexi Belculfine: or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc.

Lexi Belculfine: or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc. First Published May 16, 2014 5:36 PM

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