A 16A Metrobus crashed into a utility pole on Columbia Pike in front of Bloom at about 9:10 p.m., knocking down power lines. Columbia Pike is closed between Evergreen Lane and John Marr Drive, as there are live wires in the street. According to police, the road will remain closed for about 12 hours.
There were no passengers on the bus, and the driver was not injured, police say. It hasn’t been determined yet whether the drive will be charged. The roof of the bus was ripped up, the windshield was bashed in, and there was extensive damage to the right front corner of the bus.
The pole held capacitors and transformers, so Dominion Power will likely have to shut down power to area businesses and homes while the pole and power lines are fixed.