SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Police are investigating a pedestrian accident involving a school bus near the intersection of State and Dwight Streets Wednesday afternoon.
According to the Springfield Police Department Spokesperson, at around 2:45 p.m. officers were called to a crash involving a school bus and pedestrian at State and Dwight Streets. The pedestrian has been taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
“I hear sirens left and right, I come around the corner, and here I am, seeing a school bus, and so I am hoping its not a little kid, you know? Just considering I have a ten year old daughter,” said Kyle Anzalotti of Chicopee.
Accidents like this aren’t new to State Street. In recent months, there have been deadly pedestrian accidents on State Street, which has prompted city officials to make the street safer.
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The Springfield DPW is currently working with MassDOT to make those safety changes, in particular, near the Springfield library to get drivers to slow down. In those plans, narrowing a section of State Street and installing a raised crosswalk.
“This will actually be a signalized crosswalk meaning there will be a traffic signal red light that will be enforceable, you will need to come to a full stop when the light turns red. That will be triggered by the pedestrian,” said Springfield City Councilor Jesse Lederman.
However, the improvements wont begin until this spring. While Springfield police are increasing efforts to stop speeding in downtown, this recent accident is highlighting the importance of being extra cautious for some people with young children.
“It’s nerve-racking having her cross the street, she’s only a little kid so it makes it kind of tough,” said Anzalotti.
State Street was closed from Chestnut to Main Streets, and on Dwight Street from Bruce Landon Way to Maple Street.