A lack of crosswalks and signage may be causing confusion about how the rules of the road apply to Nashville’s Metro Transit Authority (MTA) buses, and that confusion may be endangering pedestrians and bus riders.
Take the case of a Nashville bus accident that left a Maplewood High School student seriously injured earlier this week. Reports indicate the crash happened on the afternoon of Tuesday, Aug. 26, on Dickerson Pike.
An article from FOX 17 News states the 16-year-old victim had just gotten off of an MTA bus and was attempting to cross the street in front of the vehicle, when another bus in the left lane of traffic attempted to pass the stopped bus. The driver of the second bus did not see the teenager and struck her as he crossed the street.
The victim is expected to recover, but witnesses who live and work in the area say they have seen an accident like this coming for years. They feel a crosswalk at the intersection may have prevented the accident.