RIPTA bus crash victim: ‘It was extremely quick’

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — After a terrifying bus crash leveled a building in Warwick on Monday, one of the victims is speaking out about the crash from his hospital bed.

On Thursday, Eyewitness News spoke with Kyle Adams, who goes by Will, about the extraordinary crash that left him with two broken knees.

“It was extremely quick. It was extremely fast,” he said.

According to Adams, he boarded RIPTA bus 1065 Monday at T.F. Green Airport – on his way to finish his senior year at Brown University.

Adams said he heard the driver, identified as Richard Avedesian, make a grunting noise. He said he threw his hands into the air and then leaned back in his seat.

“I saw that the windshield had cracked,” he said.

That’s when the bus struck a utility pole on Post Road. Adams said he went to check on the driver to see if he was alright.

“It was clear he was not responsive. His hands were up in the air,” he said. “He was leaning back like this, so my thought process was to press the break. Try to find where the break was.”

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Adams said his head was down when the bus swerved across four lanes of traffic and barreled into The Driver’s Seat automotive store.

“Huge collision,” he said. “Stuff falls down on us. I know that my legs are trapped. Driver is also trapped, he doesn’t know what’s going on.”

Adams said Avedesian was pinned to his seat and Adams was right next to him.

“We were underneath a bunch of metal,” he said.

According to Adams, a man rushed to the bus to help. He said he calmed him down and told him help was on the way. Adams said he saw that man again before his ambulance left the scene.

“A guy came up to the ambulance and told me that he was the guy who was at the front of the bus,” Adams recalled. “Telling me that it was going to be okay, which was incredibly moving.”

He now faces a long road to recovery, but he was able to take a few steps Thursday with the help of a walker and some nurses.

Adams said he expects to be back in class at Brown in about a week and a half.

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