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New York pedestrian hit by bus; fatal crashes on the rise in 2014

Earlier this week, a New York woman suffered serious leg injuries when the MTA bus she was attempting to board was slammed from behind by another bus, causing her leg to catch and become injured. The woman’s injuries are not life-threatening, but the accident is still disconcerting to those that rely on the bus system to get around the city. As of this writing, MTA officials had not yet stated the cause of the accident.

There have been five fatal crashes involving MTA buses so far in 2014. This is especially unsettling considering the fact that there were only 10 fatal bus accidents during all of 2013. According to the MTA, officials review every deadly crash thoroughly, looking both at the actions of every person that played some role in the accident as well as the training records of all employees involved in order to determine the cause of the accident. In addition, all drivers reportedly take an annual refresher course. 

Those reactionary measures are likely little condolence for the families of those killed in MTA bus collisions. So far this year, that includes three pedestrians: a 21-year-old woman who was hit and killed by a bus while walking in Brooklyn, a 25-year-old woman who was killed while walking in Jackson Heights and a bicyclist who was hit and killed by a bus in Harlem. Two drivers also lost their lives.

New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio has introduced a plan, entitled “Vision Zero,” that aims to end all traffic deaths in the city within 10 years. It is clear from this year’s skyrocketing fatality rate that MTA officials need to be heavily involved in that conversation.

Source: New York Post, “Pedestrian hit by MTA bus,” Kenneth Garger, Kirstan Conley and Rebecca Harshbarger, March 4, 2014

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