Washington DC’s Metrobus has seen a string of tragedies recently – making city residents wonder if the public transit organization shouldn’t be taking more or better precautions to prevent bus accidents and bus accident injuries.
On Monday, October 5, a woman was hit by a Metrobus in Northeast Washington DC – she died of her fatal bus accident injuries the next day at Washington Hospital Center. Washington Police say that 61-year-old Stephanie Richardson was struck by the mass transit bus as she crossed Mount Olivet Road NE in the Trinidad area during evening rush hour in the city.
Richardson commuted on the bus to and from work at a Washington hotel, and was crossing in front of one Mertobus when another Metrobus in the next lane over struck her.
The Metro transit system has seen a number of accidents this fall and summer, including the commuter train accident that injured 80 people and two employee deaths. A month ago, another pedestrian was hit by a bus while jogging and severely injured.
Metrobus did not name the driver who hit the woman, but said that he had been working for the company for under two years. They also did not report whether or not he has been involved in any traffic accidents in the past. He is on paid administrative leave while the deadly DC bus accident is investigated. The transportation organization also said it would be posting a new pedestrian safety bulletin to all of its drivers in the wake of the two accidents.