Vehicle-VTA bus collision at Edgartown Triangle sends seven to hospital

A vehicle and VTA bus collided at the Triangle in Edgartown Tuesday. Photo courtesy EPD.

A driver who made an ill-advised U-turn in front of a Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA) bus caused an accident at the Triangle in Edgartown Tuesday that snarled traffic and sent seven people to the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries, according to the Edgartown Police Department.

Edgartown police and fire department rescue personnel responded to a motor vehicle accident at the Triangle intersection at Beach Road and Edgartown–Vineyard Haven Road about 11 am Tuesday. The VTA bus had approximately 30 passengers on board. Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, and Tisbury ambulances and EMS personnel transported seven passengers to the hospital for what appeared to all be minor injuries, according to police.

Both vehicles were traveling inbound toward Upper Main Street. The passenger vehicle had stopped at the stop sign at the end of Edgartown–Vineyard Haven Road. The passenger vehicle then attempted to make a U-turn onto Beach Road, and cut in front of the VTA bus that was traveling inbound along Beach Road. The VTA bus was unable to avoid the collision, police said.

The operator of the passenger vehicle, Mark Allen Anderson, 59, of Fargo, N.D., was determined to be at fault, and was cited for failure to yield at the intersection.