source: Nelson Star
We couldn’t make out what had happened, or what was happening, as we drove past the scene last week but we knew it wasn’t good. A large area of Ward Street was cordoned off with yellow police tape effectively closing the highway and there was this bus, at a distance, sitting silent amongst the flashing lights of emergency vehicles, in the middle of Lake Street.
It wasn’t until the next morning I heard what had happened and all know by now, a skateboarder and bus collided leaving a young man very seriously injured. Shocking and very sad.
Witnesses reported the skateboarder was travelling at a good clip down Ward Street, crossed Vernon Street, then hit a bus as it was making a right turn onto Lake Street.
As mentioned, I wasn’t there when it occurred, so I won’t comment further as to circumstances, legality or lay any blame here, but I will say that I was afraid something like this was going to happen.
This is not the first time a skateboarder has crossed Vernon at Ward at speed. I’ve seen it before while waiting to make a left turn on to Ward in front of the Hume Hotel. I couldn’t believe what I was witnessing and remember thinking “that’s absolutely nuts!” or words to that effect. But risky acts on our streets and roads are not limited to skateboarders >…. read on