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Bus riders concerned about safety at stops near intersections
For the second time in just over two weeks, a car loses control and crashes into a bus stop injuring a rider. After the recent accident, may people have been asking questions about bus stop safety. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Cars race through the intersection at Charleston and Lamb Boulevards. It's one of the valley's most dangerous corners for drivers and pedestrians.
People like Denise Jones anxiously wait for the bus here, she wants the stop moved.
"People speed up and down this street," Jones said. "It's too close to the corner it needs to be put down a little further."
Jones is concerned after witnesses said a driver hit and injured a fellow bus rider at the stop on Thursday morning. This follows another bus stop accident about three weeks ago on Eastern Avenue near Owens Avenue where three people were hit.
Despite the recent accidents, the Regional Transportation Commission said studies show it's safer to install bus stops at intersections.
"It just makes sense given the high volume of activity going on that we would put an transit stop near an intersection," spokesperson Angela Torres said.
Torres said it's not the location of the bus stop, but the drivers.
"The reality is I can put additional barriers up, but if a motorist chooses to drive drunk and hits the bus stop whether it's behind the sidewalk, near the sidewalk it isn't going to make a difference," Torres said.
Before putting in new bus stops, the RTC said it will investigate the accidents to see if the stops should be moved.