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San Diego bus crushes man's arm in accident near Teralta East

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Posted at 6:23 AM, Sep 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-20 09:23:43-04

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man at a bus stop was seriously injured after he fell and his arm was crushed under a city bus near Teralta East, police said Monday.

The 50-year-old man -- who police believe was under the influence of alcohol -- leaned on an MTS bus as it departed a stop in the 4300 block of University Avenue around 10:45 p.m. on Sunday. San Diego Police Officer John Buttle said the man stood up and leaned against the bus after the driver had closed the doors and the bus started moving. The man then fell, hit his head on the curb, and his arm went under the bus tire "crushing and degloving his right arm," Buttle said.

A degloving injury is when the top layers of skin and tissue are ripped from the underlying muscle.

The man was transported to a hospital in non-life-threatening condition with facial fractures and rib fractures that punctured his chest.

No other information was released. The San Diego Police Traffic Division was investigating the accident.