A Texas State tram collided with a minivan at the intersection of Holland Street and Old Ranch Road 12 at approximately 5 p.m. Wednesday.
The tram was turning right onto Old Ranch Road 12 when it sideswiped a green minivan stopped at the traffic light. The tram appeared to scrape the minivan with the bike rack on the front of the bus. No one was hurt in the incident.
Two adults and one child were in the minivan. The tram pulled over into the parking lot of Chepo’s Mexican Restaurant to converse with the passengers of the minivan and wait for assistance.
The driver pulled into the parking lot and waited for approximately 15 minutes after the collision. About half of the passengers who chose to walk to the Highcrest Apartments stop were then let off the bus. About seven of the approximately 12 remaining passengers were given papers by the driver and asked to write down information regarding the accident.
“The green minivan was in the way, but there was nothing the minivan could do,” said Vilma Quintanilla, undeclared sophomore. “I guess the bus driver thought he could make (the turn), so he went ahead and took it, but he didn’t.”
Carson Spann, communication design sophomore, said the incident was “unfortunate for the bus driver and for myself.” He said the incident was not bad, but there was “a pretty bad scratch on the minivan.” Spann said he saw the bike rack scrape the minivan above the driver’s side front tire and leave “a foot and a half long” scratch.
A San Marcos Police Department officer was sent to the scene but no report will be filed, according to SMPD officials. Both parties were issued a “blue form,” which is a self-reporting accident in which both parties agree to exchange insurance information.