By William Tauro
Somerville has suffered its first serious dedicated bus lane accident this past Friday involving two motor vehicles, one of which was traveling in the bus lane.
The accident occurred early in the evening at the intersection of Broadway and Fenwick Street in Somerville.
(Photo:Bmw excessively speeding in bus lane .. passed all cars in travel lane and t-boned the Ford)
The vehicle that was in the travel lane yielded to the other vehicle and when both vehicles came across at the merge, the vehicle traveling in the dedicated bus lane t-boned the other vehicle causing the accident.
A mother and her 5 year old child were treated at the scene then later transported to the hospital with serious but non life threatening injuries via ambulance.
The automobile was almost rolled completely over leaving it resting on its side.
According to witnesses at the scene, the automobile in the bus lane was traveling at an excessive rate of speed that later T-boned the woman and child’s vehicle.
Earlier that same morning, another motor vehicle accident took place nearby at Foss Park causing the vehicle to jump the island.
Photo by Kimberly Lynne
The new dedicated bus lanes, pavement markings, signage, and traffic signal retiming on Broadway Between Magoun Square and McGrath Highway have many residents outraged who are demanding that these decisions be reversed.
The new lanes and parking are very confusing to many residents who are raising concerns that it will be more dangerous as well.