Ohio State releases video of CABS bus crash; says changes to system are being made

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Ohio State University has released video of a campus shuttle bus crash that injured more than a dozen people in November.

At about 6:45am, November 23, a CABS bus carrying Ohio State Wexner Medical Center employees was hit at the intersection of Olentangy River Road and John Herrick Drive.

According to a crash report, the bus was traveling east on John Herrick Drive when it was hit by a truck traveling south on Olentangy River Road. Both drivers claimed they had the green light, but onboard video from the bus showed the bus enter the intersection on a green light changing to yellow, according to the report.

At least 17 people reported possible injuries and were taken to OSU’s Wexner Medical Center.

First Vice President of the Ohio State University Nurses Organization and R.N. Rick Lucas says overcrowding on that CABS bus that day led to more people being injured. 

“The buses are almost always overcrowded every day,” said Lucas. 

Lucas blames the loss of hundreds of parking spots when construction closed a lot many staff members used that was a quick walk across the street to the hospital. 

OSU released video of the crash, Thursday, and said it will now be making changes to improve parking and transportation. 

The changes include:

  • Adding buses at peak times in the morning to transport staff from West Campus to the Medical Center by re-allocating existing University buses to this route.
  • Initiated the purchase of more buses to increase timeliness and capacity at all times.
  • Creating a dedicated email address and phone number that faculty and staff can use to notify administration of transportation issues such as bus delays, parking capacity issues and other related concerns in real time.
  • Convening the Medical Center Interdisciplinary Parking Advisory Committee to review detailed historical data and best practices from other like institutions with similar operations.  The committee will use this information to make additional recommendations.
  • Re-visiting the process for scheduling buses on holidays as well as opportunities for those who park on West Campus to use the garages during holidays.

“We’re constrained with parking on the Medical Center campus for faculty and staff due to continued growth and the need to designate the closest parking for patients and visitors. This means we must work together to find new solutions for faculty and staff parking. We’re committed to continuously improving this experience,” Ohio State University spokesperson Ben Johnson released in a statement. 

The driver of the truck was determined to be at fault, according to the crash report.
 

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