A Foggy Bottom-Mount Vernon shuttle was involved in an accident with a cab last week near its stop at 23rd and H streets, shuttle supervisors and students involved said.
Shuttle supervisor Hattie Lewis said that no damage was sustained to either vehicle. Students who witnessed the crash, however, said there was minor damage to both the cab and the shuttle.
“I saw a dent in the van and a dent in the taxi,” said freshman Eliza Kinsolving, who passed by the scene an hour after the accident occurred. “They were still in the position of the crash.”
Lewis said that after the accident the cab driver refused to move until Metropolitan Police arrived on the scene. The party responsible for the accident has yet to be determined. Lewis said that the cab driver is blaming the shuttle driver.
“This is a very congested area. There’s going to be accidents,” she said.
In spite of slight traffic delays, Lewis said the shuttle continued to operate on time immediately following the crash. Kinsolving said that despite witnessing the accident, she does not think the shuttle is unable to serve student needs.
“I’ve had great experience with the shuttle,” she said. “I have no complaints so far.”
The shuttle was involved in at least four altercations last year, including three electrical problems and one traffic accident.
Robert Snyder, director of Mount Vernon Campus Life, said that although there have been some incidents with the shuttle in the past year there have been no injuries. He also added that the amount of passengers on the shuttle “is higher than ever and continuing to grow.”
“They’ve safely transported 550,000-plus passengers without injury within the past year and very low incident rate, relatively speaking, within the past year,” he said.