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Man hit by MBTA bus in Boston has life-threatening injuries

Police investigating how MBTA bus hit pedestrian
Police investigating how MBTA bus hit pedestrian 02:12

BOSTON - An out-of-service MBTA bus hit a pedestrian in Boston Tuesday morning, sending the man to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said. 

The incident happened at about 7:30 a.m. on the east side of the intersection at Harrison Avenue and Traveler Street, a Transit Police spokesperson said. The bus, which appeared to have a crack in the front windshield, was still at the scene as of 9 a.m. 

An apparent crack in the front window of an MBTA bus that hit a pedestrian Tuesday morning.  CBS Boston

Sharifa Green takes the bus often. She heard about the accident but wasn't surprised.

"I stop to look, and I make sure I double-look. That's what I have to do, especially over here near Boston Medical Center. It's crazy around here,"Green said. "When the bus lets you off, the bus driver pulls the doors on you, or stops in front of you and you stop short. It's not safe at all."

In a statement, transit police said, "On behalf of the transit police, and the entire MBTA organization, our thoughts and prayers are with the victim for a full recovery."

"I think you always have to put the onus on the driver because you always have to look out when driving, and look out for the pedestrian," said Kareem, a Boston pedestrian who asked to keep his last name hidden, "I have seen a lot of near misses with cars and things like that. I notice people don't put on their turn signals."

Latest pedestrian crash to involve an MBTA bus

A few weeks ago on Feb. 5, Transit Police said an MBTA Route 30 bus in Roslindale hit a 19-year-old on Washington Street. According to police, he "inexplicably" ran into the street in front of the approaching bus. He was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not considered serious. 

In January, a 71-year-old woman was run over by an MBTA bus in an incident that was caught on surveillance video in Chelsea. Police said at the time of the Jan. 4 incident that she was hospitalized but expected to be OK. The driver was taken off the job during the crash investigation, the MBTA said. 

"It's the traffic. It's no direction every which way. People don't know where they are going," said Green.  

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