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Day Smarts for SMART Bus Driver

A bus driver for the metro transit authority had a very bad day Wednesday.

A SMART bus driver was involved in two accidents in Birmingham on Wednesday. (Patch file photo)
A SMART bus driver was involved in two accidents in Birmingham on Wednesday. (Patch file photo)

Wednesday was wasn’t just a bad day for a SMART (Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation) bus driver. It was a double-trouble, put-your-face-in-your-palm, should've-stayed-in-bed kind of bad day.

His day started to crash about 11:45 a.m. when a 75-year-old Royal Oak woman pulled from a parking lot near 14 mile Road and broadsided the bus as it traveled southbound on Woodward Avenue, The Birmingham Eccentric reports.

The Royal Oak woman was treated at the scene for some minor injuries and ticketed for failure to yield the right of way.

The bus driver continued his route. Everything went along smoothly for a few hours. Then as the bus was northbound on Woodward, the driver attempted a right turn onto Elm Street, he turned too tight and struck a light pole and DTE power pole.

“He sheared the power pole,” Birmingham Police Cmdr. Terry Kiernan told the newspaper. “The wires were the only thing that kept it from toppling to the ground.”

Investigators were concerned the 55-year-old driver may have suffered a medical condition, so they transported him to Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital for evaluation. A passenger also reported minor injuries.

The bus sustained only minor damage in the two accidents.

“This poor guy was really having a bad day,” Kiernan said.
Brian Welch April 17, 2014 at 04:37 AM
SMART sucks. The horror stories I could tell you about my experiences with SMART are many. I have a car yet still support public transportation, except SMART. SMART is Horrible.
DianeKH April 17, 2014 at 08:33 AM
I support the concept of public transportation, but...I live off of Main Street and see theses buses travelling back and forth all day. I've never seen more than three people on a bus. We could hire taxis for these same people for a whole lot less.
K. Scott April 19, 2014 at 12:26 PM
Diane, you need to get out more. I see people pouring off the buses at 13 and Woodward everyday. Dressed every way, most in business attire at around 5pm to 6pm.People are using public transportation.
DianeKH April 20, 2014 at 11:25 AM
K. Scott-I'm sure there are more passengers at 13 and Woodward. I mentioned Main Street. Perhaps we should look into which routes are utilized and which ones simply have empty buses running back and forth.
K. Scott April 20, 2014 at 11:45 AM
Yes Diane, I agree. When gas was getting close to 4 dollars per gallon I started noticing the buses and passengers. I think constant reassessment needs to be done to ensure efficiency.

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