Family members of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. escaped injury after police say their charter bus was in a minor accident after the 50th anniversary event commemorating King’s “I Have a Dream” speech Wednesday, according to multiple news reports.
The bus driver was taken to the hospital for observation; King’s sister, Christine King Farris, was among the passengers, police told The Washington Times.
“It was just a minor accident, just a fender bender,” a police spokesman said. “[The van] would not have been going very fast. The traffic in that area goes at like, 20 or 25 miles per hour, tops.”
The bus had just exited the National Mall area shortly after President Barack Obama spoke when a red minivan ran a red light. The van hit the side of their bus, park police told Reuters. The bus driver was not able to hit his brakes and stop, NBC News reported.
The New York Daily News reported the bus and van did not collide, however, only that the bus driver had to slam on the brakes to avoid the accident.
Omarosa Manigault, a former reality television star, was apparently aboard the bus with the King family and hit her head on the seat in front of her but was OK, TMZ reported. She tweeted after the incident:
“We were very afraid,” Omarosa added to CNN. “There were children on the bus, seniors and everything. Everybody was thrown out of their seats.”