A Portland bus accident late Saturday night left two young women dead and three other people injured – one critically – after the group was struck by a bus. According to The Oregonian, police are still working to reconstruct the details of the Oregon fatal pedestrian vehicle crash. The incident took place in downtown Portland as the group of pedestrians left a local comedy club.
According to the paper, the accident occurred at the intersection of Northwest Broadway and Glisan Street. “The bus was westbound on Glisan as it turned left onto southbound Broadway and struck the westbound pedestrians,” the paper reported. The five victims, including a newlywed couple and a brother and sister, all knew one another and were traveling together. According to police, the bus had a green light at the time of the accident and the pedestrians had a walk signal. The bus was out of service at the time and was not carrying passengers.
The Oregonian quoted police saying that neither speed nor alcohol initially appears to be a factor in the accident.
Fire and rescue crews arrived to find several of the victims still pinned underneath the bus and remained on the scene for nearly five hours. According to the paper it was the first fatal accident involving a Portland TriMet bus since February 2008.
Once the initial shock of an Oregon bus accident such as this wears off, it is critical that survivors and their loved ones make contact with a Portland motor vehicle accident attorney to discuss the ways in which justice can best be served. The law provides mechanisms to protect victims following an Oregon fatal or injury bus accident. An Oregon personal injury attorney can be an indispensible guide through the complex world of the law and our court system, protecting your interests while working to establish accountability.
The Oregonian: Tri-Met bus strikes group of pedestrians, killing two, critically injuring a third