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Victim identified as Rutland resident Nancy Woods
A bus driver helping her lone passenger disembark from the vehicle was killed when the vehicle started to move.
Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said Nancy Woods, 46, of Rutland, stopped her bus near Chestnut and Maple streets around 3 p.m. and was helping her passenger get off of the back of the bus when it started to move forward.
Witnesses said Woods ran around to the driver’s side door and reached inside, but the bus hit her and continued to roll down Chestnut Street.
The bus, which was described as the size of a large van, continued to roll until it hit a garage on Maple Street.
The passenger remained in the van and suffered minor injuries.
The investigation is continuing.
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Today I saw two different MBTA buses
at two different times
Going in two different directions
They had their employer name in common
Along with the facts that they were speeding and rushing through a yellow to red light
Then I saw a speeding school bus
So now is it a must that all buses of any kind have to speed
I thought about how it must have felt
Felt to be a passenger on a speeding bus that didn’t care about my life
Didn’t care about just how easy it would have been to take the life of everyone on the bus
And maybe the lives of innocent bystanders on foot or in cars
Why does anyone carrying passengers think it’s OK to speed
Is time so much more important than life
I know that keeping schedules are important but not more important than the safety of those you transport
I wish for not having to fear riding on buses
But I do fear riding on buses
I’m almost certain I won’t ride a bus again anytime soon
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Was written by
Felina Silver Robinson
This poem was written after witnessing three speeding buses today. It scares me to think of how many lives are put at risk every day due to careless driving.
QUINCY, Mass. — An MBTA bus driver suffered a seizure while driving through Quincy Point over the weekend, prompting at least one passenger to help him stop the bus, the Patriot Ledger reported.
At about 5 p.m. Saturday, a caller to the fire department reported that the driver of an MBTA bus had experienced a full-body seizure while driving on Washington Street, down the street from the Fore River Bridge, Deputy Fire Chief Ed Fenby said.
When firefighters arrived, the bus was pulled over to the side of the road and a passenger was leaning over the driver’s seat and had his foot on the brake while the bus was still in gear, Fenby said Monday.
“My first thing was to put my foot on the brake and put it into neutral. I stood there and held the guy until the EMTs came,” passenger Richard Hiort said.
“Must have been horrible for him. It is like, this poor guy. And the look on his face. I don’t think I will forget it. He was so scared,” passenger Patricia Foster said.
The driver, 37, received medical treatment at the scene and was taken by ambulance to Quincy Medical Center, police said.
There were no reports of injured passengers or pedestrians, Fenby said.
The 911 call from a passenger went to State Police, who alerted Transit Police that a bus driver was in distress and that the bus was pulled over safely to the side of the road.
New program keeps subways, some buses running until 3 a.m.
BOSTON — State leaders announced Thursday late-night MBTA service for some of its most popular routes.
The new pilot program will keep subways running until 3 a.m. along the 15 most popular bus routes on Saturdays and Sundays. Corporate sponsors, including the Red Sox, will underwrite part of the estimated $21 million cost. Fares will remain the same during the test period.
“Hospital workers and cleaning service workers and others have asked for it, and because they asked for it, late night service on the T starts in March 28,” Gov. Deval Patrick said.
The announcement was met with cheers, but it’s a one-year pilot program that needs much more than cheers to succeed.
“We need to help the MBTA by encouraging people to take public transportation,” Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said.
The MBTA is training most of the 133 new recruits that will be needed to operate the subways, trolleys and buses.
The extended T-service will not only benefit people working late, but may pave the way for clubs and bars to stay open later — a possibility floated last week by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.
The pilot program will begin the last weekend in March.
Shuttle buses replacing train service
Police investigate Boston crash
BOSTON — A woman was struck by a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority bus in Boston on Monday.
The crash happened at 11:35 a.m. on Columbia Road and involved a Route 41 bus, police said.
Few details were released about the woman’s condition. Transit police are investigating.
NewsCenter 5 and WCVB.com will have more information when it becomes available.
Discount bus carrier off road for year
BOSTON —Discount bus service Fung Wah will have to keep waiting to get back on the roads.
The bus company has long been plagued by safety violations, crashes and falsified inspection records.
The buses have been off the road for a year, and now it could be even longer before they roll again. Last year, Fung Wah was shut down by federal officials after cracks were found in numerous bus frames.
Fung Wah has applied at least four times to reinstate its license, but the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has rejected those attempts, stating that the bus service is “not willing or able to comply with the safety standards we require,” the Globe reported.
The company was fined $31,000 after a rollover in September 2006 in Auburn, partially because the driver could not speak English to evacuate the passengers.