Photos: MBTA bus crashes in Newton, hangs over I-90

It was a harrowing ride for several MBTA commuters Sunday morning when the bus they were riding on suddenly veered to the left, collided with a guardrail and crashed into some chain-link fencing leaving it partially hanging over the Massachusetts Turnpike.

The Route 57 bus crashed at about 7:35 a.m. in Newton, Transit Police said. It was brought completely back onto the road more than three hours later.

Of the 10 people riding the bus at the time, eight were injured during the crash, including the driver. They suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

The bus was traveling on an overpass crossing above Interstate 90 in Newton Corner when the crash occurred. There was never any threat of the bus falling off of the overpass, police and fire officials said. Crews from the Newton Fire Department chained a ladder truck to the back of the bus to secure it as a precaution.

Traffic moving along I-90 westbound was backed up toward the Boston line for a time as only one lane of traffic along the Pike was getting  by. Fire and tow truck crews used chains and several trucks to pull the bus back onto the roadway at about 10: 45 a.m.

Transit Police are investigating the cause of the crash. MassDOT officials were on scene inspecting the bridge.

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