32-year-old Richmond woman struck, killed by GRTC Pulse bus on Broad Street

Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A woman was struck and killed by a GRTC Pulse bus as she was crossing Broad Street on Tuesday.

The crash took place at the intersection of E. Broad Street and Bowe Street at 5:01 p.m. with eight passengers on board. A spokesperson for Richmond police told 8News that the woman was crossing W. Broad Street when she was hit by the bus, which was traveling eastbound.

The woman, who has been identified as 32-year-old Alice E. Woodson, of Monument Avenue, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A fare enforcement inspector, who was on board, was injured and provided a statement to police. The driver of the bus was sent to the hospital due to GRTC’s safety protocols.

Authorities gathered evidence and conducted interviews at the scene following the crash. Early reports suggest the woman killed was in the bus lane at the time, the police spokesperson said, and the bus had the right-of-way.

Residents in the area told 8News that what happened was awful, but aren’t surprised the incident happened.

“Especially in this part of the city… it seems like everybody is crossing when they need to cross and getting where they need to go whatever way it takes,” said Stacey Stevenson.

A spokesperson released a statement following the fatal crash:

“The entire GRTC Family is grieved by the accident today which took the life of a pedestrian, and our deepest condolences are with the pedestrian’s family,” GRTC’s Director of Communications Carrie Pace said. “We are focused on the well-being of our operator who drove the bus and are ensuring they receive care. Per safety protocols, the Operator will be checked at a hospital. GRTC is assisting with the police investigation. Buses are detouring around the closure on Broad St and until the road is reopened the Pulse station at VCU & VUU is temporarily closed. 

Police will investigate the fatal crash and a full report will be completed.

Stay with 8News for updates to this developing story.

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