Woman Struck By Bus on Broadway Just Hours After Slow Zone Announcement

By Nigel Chiwaya on May 1, 2014 6:03pm 

 A woman was taken to New York Presbyterian hospital with non-life threatening injuries after she was struck by a BxM18 bus near 4761 Broadway Thursday afternoon.
A woman was taken to New York Presbyterian hospital with non-life threatening injuries after she was struck by a BxM18 bus near 4761 Broadway Thursday afternoon.
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INWOOD — A woman was hospitalized Thursday afternoon after being struck by an express bus less than a block from where city transportation officials announced a major traffic safety initiative just hours earlier, officials say.

The woman was struck by a BxM18 express bus when she walked in front of its path at 4761 Broadway near Dyckman Street at approximately 3:45, an MTA spokeswoman said. The woman, who was hit by bus' front-left bumper, was taken to New York Presbyterian with non life-threatening injuries.

The incident came just hours after the Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, NYPD and uptown elected officials announced plans to make Broadway above Columbus Circle an arterial slow zone, reducing the speed limit in the area from 30 miles-per-hour to 25 in an effort to reduce the number of accidents along the 8.3-mile stretch.

Trottenberg, standing mere feet from where the woman would be hit several hours later, told onlookers that arterial streets like Broadway were home to 60 percent of the city's traffic accidents.

“It’s no surprise that in all the town halls that we’ve been holding across the city, in every conversation that I’ve had, the number one thing I hear from New Yorkers is that they want us to do something about these arterial streets,” Trottenberg said.

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