Tree removed after falling on MARTA bus

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ATLANTA - A southwest Atlanta road remains closed after crews removed an oak tree that fell on a MARTA bus Thursday morning.

Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones said the incident happened before 10:30 a.m. on Campbellton Road at Stanton Road.

Aerial shots from News Chopper 2 showed parts of the large tree draped across the rear portion of Bus 2380.

Approximately 40 passengers were on board when the tree came crashing down.  Although there were no serious injuries or entrapments, six passengers were transported to the hospital as some complained about backaches resulting from the incident.

The bus was coming from Oakland City train station to the Barge Road park-and-ride.

Channel 2's Sophia Choi spoke to some passengers, who said they saw the tree leaning, but the driver decided to try his luck and drive underneath it.

"The bus driver sat there for two minutes trying to decide what to do," Tashyna Rogers said.  "So he thought it was safe enough to go underneath the bus."

"I was trying to get out of the way but I had fell with my back," James Miller said.

Darlene Pearson saw the situation unfold while standing at the bus stop.

"It was slow-moving, but it was fast at the same time.  I've never seen anything like that," she said.

MARTA officials said another bus came and transported the passengers to their destination.

Bus 2380 sustained hardly any damage.