Friday, November 28, 2014

Running after buses that have already left the stop is risky business

It's actually a very common accident, I read about these sorts of accidents all the time. People trying to chase down a departing bus slip and fall.
 By sheer bad luck the fall takes them under the rear wheels. 

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A TriMet bus sits along the roadside after an incident that killed 60-year-old Elias French near Clackamas Town Center on Wednesday evening. (Oregon State Police)
Ian K. Kullgren | By Ian K. Kullgren |
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on November 27, 2014 at 4:16 PM, updated November 27, 2014 at 6:41 PM
Oregon State Police have identified the victim in a fatal bus accident that occurred near Clackamas Town Center on Wednesday evening.
Police identified the victim as 60-year-old Elias French, who reportedly slipped under the bus' back wheels just as it was about to pull away from a stop just north of Clackamas Town Center on 82nd Avenue at Causey Way.
Officers at the scene learned French had been pushing a bicycle and began banging on the side of the bus. The driver began pulling away, and French fell to the ground and was crushed by the bus' rear wheels.
The driver, 46-year-old Jason Wilhelm, has been put on administrative leave while the OSP investigates the incident, Trimet spokeswoman Roberta Altstadt said. He will also receive mental health counseling.
"This was a devastating incident not only for the loved ones of the person who died but also for the operator," Altstadt said. "The operate was very upset and emotional last night, so obviously he would not be driving today."
Troopers have been interviewing passengers and others who were behind the bus at the time. The incident is still under investigation.
-- Ian K. Kullgren Police identify victim in fatal TriMet bus accident near Clackamas Town Center |

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