This past week has seen multiple bus crashes on Duke’s campus, and some students are concerned about the safety of routes.
The most recent crash occurred on Tuesday between two different buses, one rear-ending the other at the East Campus bus stop on the C1 route. No riders were seriously injured on either bus, but many students were left shaken up following the incident.
“It seemed like a normal ride until all of a sudden there was this bang and I jolted forward,” first-year Tiana Clemons said.
Clemons took an impact to the knee resulting in bruising, but she claimed that there were no series injuries to any riders besides minor impacts and bruises.
“Really, the only injuries I know about were people who were resting on the bus poles or standing,” said Ethan Wood, another first-year involved. Like Clemons, Wood claimed to have seen no serious injuries.
Though no students were majorly hurt, the situation is still concerning. Both Wood and Clemons said that the front bus was completely parked on impact, raising concerns of either driver awareness or the buses’ capabilities to stop.
“From what I saw, our bus simply didn’t stop in time,” Wood said. “The other bus had been there for a while, so it was full of people and not moving.”
Following the impact, drivers ushered students off of the bus. Wood said the drivers ensured that everyone was unharmed and let everyone go relatively quickly.
“Nobody kept us for accident reports or anything,” Wood said.
This recent crash comes after another this past week between a pedestrian vehicle and a Duke bus.
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James Cruikshank is a Trinity first-year and a staff reporter for the news department.