Monday morning, February 10, Max MacCarthy, walking along Columbia Rd
heading towards his office, suddenly found himself seconds from a
tragic accident.The noise and the screams told him instantly that a
pedestrian had been
hit by a bus. He and the crowd that quickly gathered served as a
volunteer team helping out until the police and medics arrived. Max
took note of the many details - the
sequence of events and how the emergency was handled and was willing to
share his story.
Except for the initial moment of impact, Max MacCarthy, Executive
Director of Uphams Corner Main Street, was an eyewitness to the MBTA
bus accident on Monday, February 10, 2014.
and a companion were walking on the right side of Columbia Rd in front
of Alex and Ann's Hair Salon when, sudden, they heard a noise.
Max said it was hard to describe but it sounded like a "smack."
He knew the problem was serious when he heard people screaming,
pointing and shouting, "No!" and "Oh, no!"
"I didn't see it but I knew immediately that someone had gotten hit and it sounded horrible."
Max and his companion ran to the intersection. Someone shouted,
"Call 911." They found a woman lying face down in the crosswalk, not
moving. She had a hoodie on so they were unable to determine much
about her race, age or even condition. One thing he did notice
was her leg.
looked like her leg was mangled, like the bus had run over it. The leg
was pointed the wrong way and flat. It's almost as if the bus hit
her legs and then her face smashed to the ground." Max assumed
she had been knocked unconscious. He also noticed there was a lot
of blood gathering
around her legs.
Had he tried to help her in any way? "No," Max said, "I did not try to
pick her up or touch her in anyway. I was very scared. You're not
supposed to do anything to alter the scene of an accident and I could
have been doing something to make her situation worse."
Bystanders Take Action
A small crowd gathered, maybe 10 people and, like a team
spontaneously set in motion, they began acting to protect her, to call
for help and to enhance the safety of the area.
person ran across the street to Sovereign Bank where he retrieved a
safety cone and set it on the side of the woman. Max's companion
immediately called 911 while other people in cars close by did the
same. "And people from Dorchester Bay looking out the window also
Another person from the crowd, a woman, knelt down on the street next
to the victim and began talking to her. "That's when she moved her head
a little but she didn't look up at all. The woman was saying prayers to
talked about the bus driver, "He was young guy, and he was hysterical.
When the accident occurred, he stopped his bus in the middle of the
street. I told him he should move the bus over to the side so the
people could get through and the police could come."
seemed to stand still. It's hard to know how long it took for the
ambulance to get there, but it wasn't long. When the EMT's arrived, the
first thing they did was pull her hoodie back to look at her face. One
thing was clear it was an older woman."
"The EMT's transported her away and the police came and they cordoned off the area with yellow tape."
Max talked about how the crossing signals are set up in the main Uphams
Corner intersection and why they are so dangerous. "When you have
a walk signal to cross Columbia Rd, vehicles from Dudley Street have a
yield. But pedestrians only see the red light from the other
direction so they think they can safely cross. They don't think
about cars turning through the crosswalk from both Dudley St and
Stoughton St. The walk signal and the crosswalk make you think
you are safe when you're really not."
said he is hoping the Public Works street improvements scheduled for
this spring will include a signal setting that gives the pedestrians a
chance to cross safely in all directions with no vehicle movement
News Story Covering Accident
|Posted: February 12, 2014 Nancy J Conrad
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