The Transport Workers Union says that the new law penalizing drivers who have injured or killed a pedestrian after they failed to yield should not apply to bus drivers and that it is supporting a proposed amendment in the City Council to exclude bus drivers from the law. This statement from the bus drivers Union follows the arrest last week of Francisco de Jesus, a bus driver who severely injured a 15 year old girl after he failed to yield and struck her in the crosswalk (see previous blog). The bus driver is facing fines of up to $250 or 30 days in jail. Vision Zero proponents believes the punishment is not excessive and should apply to all drivers including bus drivers. Read more in the New York Times
A 15 year old girl suffered a severe leg injury after she was hit by a New York MTA bus. The accident happened when the bus driver made a left turn from Union Ave to Grand Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC Friday morning. The young girl whose name is Jiahuan Xu was crossing the street in a crosswalk and had the right of way. She was struck by the bus and her left leg was pinned under the wheel of the bus for 15 minutes. The driver, 58 year old Francisco de Jesus was charged with failure to yield and failure to exercise due care. Failure to yield became a misdemeanor last year as part of the Vision Zero program to reduce traffic injuries and fatalities. The bus drivers union was upset with the charges and said that drivers should be exempt from criminal charges related to driving.
Recently in New York a young boy getting out of a school bus suffered personal injury after being hit by a reckless driver. Unfortunately this type of accident happens too frequently. According to the National Traffic Safety Administration since 2003,119 school-aged pedestrians have died in school transportation related collisions. Among these fatalities 30% of them involved another vehicle.
Drivers need to exercise extra caution when they drive near a school bus. Here is a video that shows how we can all make the road safer for our children.
Multiple traffic accidents, including 59 MTA bus crashes as well as slips and falls caused by black ice created a backlog of hundreds of 911 calls in New York on Sunday. According to the FDNY as many as 600 emergency callers were put on hold on Sunday early in the day. The NYPD responded to a total of 1800 calls compared to an average of 400 to 500 a day.
Read more in the New York Post
3 people were critically injured, 3 others were seriously hurt and 19 of them suffered minor personal injuries in an accident between two cars and an MTA bus. The accident happened yesterday afternoon at the intersection of Utica Ave and Clarendon Rd in East Flatbush, Brooklyn NYC.
Edgar Torres, 40, had the light and was in the crosswalk when he was hit and killed by a MTA bus that didn’t yield. The accident happened at the dangerous intersection of Myrtle Avenue, Wyckoff Avenue and Palmetto Street, steps away from the location where 23 year old Ella Bandes was struck and killed by a bus in January 2013.
After the death of Ella Bandes, The NYC Department of Transportation added some safety improvements but didn’t change the bus routes. There are 6 bus routes crossing the intersection and 5 of them require drivers to turn around and restart their route in the other direction.
Edgar Torres is the sixth pedestrian to be killed by a MTA Bus this year in New York City.
12 year old Ajene Pediford was on his way back from school when he managed to open the school bus emergency door and fell out of the bus. He was critically injured. The family said that the bus accident was preventable and that they had previously warned the school that the boy had a history of acting out, especially on buses.
Ajene Pediford is a special needs student at the Brooklyn Children’s Psychiatric Center. He was traveling back from the school to his foster family in the Bronx when the accident happened.
Read more in the New York Daily News
29 year old Anna Maria Mostrom, a Swedish model, was riding her bicycle on Main St., Roosevelt Island, NYC, when she was struck by a New York City bus making a left turn. The woman fell on the ground and sustained severe brain injuries. She was transported to the hospital where she already has undergone two surgeries. According to the NY Daily News, the young woman is brain dead and her prognosis is bleak.
At least two passengers of an MTA bus were injured in a crash during which a MTA bus jumped the curb, crashed into a tree and ended its course near the canopy of a building entrance on Fifth Ave in Manhattan. The driver who apparently passed out behind the wheel was not injured but was taken to the hospital for observation. According to the NY Daily News the driver was diabetic but the test administered after the accident showed an acceptable blood-sugar level.
A pedestrian who was walking in the crosswalk died after he was hit by a New York City Bus making a left turn at the intersection of E. 147th street and Willis Ave. in Mott Haven in the Bronx, NYC. The man who was in his sixties and using a cane was hit by the bus and pinned under it. He was dragged beneath the bus until the Third Ave intersection. The street light near the Southwest corner where the man was hit was not working resulting in poor lighting of the area. This factor may explain why the bus driver never saw the victim. The bus driver stayed at the scene and was not charged.
Read more in the NY Daily News and see video below.