Driver dead as D-DOT bus slams into dry cleaners on Detroit's east side

DETROIT (WXYZ) - 7 Action News has learned that the driver of a D-DOT bus has died in an accident where his bus slammed into a building.

The driver was 49-year-old Gregory Cotton. We're told he had just under 23 years of service with DDOT. 

The accident occurred at E. Warren and Nottingham. The crash caused a gas main break, forcing DTE to shut off service to the building.

Video from Chopper 7 shows the bus scraped across the front of the building next to the Sanders Dry Cleaners, before slamming into the corner of the dry cleaners itself.

The front of the bus was seriously damaged. 

Passengers say it felt like the bus was getting ready to take a turn when the accident happened. They say they barely had time to brace for impact.

"I grabbed onto the handle bar on the back of the seat," says Brandi Torbert. "And the pole almost went through my cousins head. And I'm like Jaime, come on, come on. We are trying to kick the door open and get the door open but we couldn't. Another passenger climbed out the window and we opened the window."

One passenger was taken to the hospital and is said to be in stable condition, according to DDOT officials. 

 

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