GRTC bus leads to pedestrian death, On October 8th, a Richmond woman, Alice Woodson, was hit by a GRTC Pulse bus. The woman was crossing the street in the evening and was walking against the flow of traffic. Police have stated that the bus had the right-of-way, but there is clearly a concern for the circumstances surrounding this tragic accident.
Friends and family of Woodson came together and acknowledged that she was known as a friendly woman who walked frequently. To friends, it was no surprise that she was out walking in the evening.
Currently, there is a memorial at the Broad and Bowe corner where the accident took place. It appears as if the bus driver and company are not facing any current scrutiny, although the investigation will involve a thorough review of the bus’ surveillance video footage.
As a precaution, the driver is on leave and is likely dealing with the trauma of the event as well. Riders on the bus reported that the bus driver was crying before they came to a full stop. Some riders on the bus state that they heard the driver say that he hit someone but that he was clearly and visibly upset.
GRTC, the transit system which owned and operated the bus involved in this accident, has spoken out. They’ve given that their thoughts are with the woman’s family and friends. They’ve also expressed that these types of accidents are extremely saddening and avoidable.
Onboard the only injury was that of a fare inspector who fell when the accident happened. All other passengers reported no injuries. The GRTC has repeatedly given their condolences to the pedestrian’s family and continues to express that although this is the only bus and pedestrian-related injury or death for their company this year, it’s still tragic. Although bus accidents are uncommon, it does not detract from the gravity of this event.
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