Driver, passenger still in critical condition after RIPTA bus crash

By News Staff

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A RIPTA driver and a passenger remain in critical condition Tuesday after their bus crashed into a building in Warwick Monday night.

Police say the bus, operated by 51-year-old Richard Avedisian, of North Kingstown, struck a utility pole on Post Road before crashing into a building at 1190 Post Road just after 7 p.m. Avedisian suffered serious injuries and was taken to Rhode Island Hospital, where he is still listed in critical condition.

One of the passengers, 21-year-old Kyle Adams, of Providence, suffered serious injuries and is also in critical condition at Rhode Island Hospital.

A second passenger, 39-year-old Paulino Cortez, of Providence, was treated for minor injuries at the hospital and released. A third passenger, 32-year-old Nabil Boudib, also of Providence, original left the scene before emergency crews arrived and did not suffer any injuries.

Police say neither speed nor alcohol appear to be factors in the collision, and say the driver may have suffered a medical emergency before the crash. Investigation also revealed that one of the passengers, Adams, attempted to give aid to Avedisian after the bus struck the pole, indicating a medical episode.

Officials say the building, which is home to a business called, "The Drivers Seat," and a paintball store, is still not inhabitable and won’t be until further notice.

Anyone with information on the accident is asked to contact Lead Investigator, Officer Robert Hart of the Warwick Police Department Traffic Division at (401)468-4345.

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