Transit accidents elsewhere

Well, Portland isn’t the only city where pedestrians and city buses collide. In 2008 a Seattle attorney, Ree Ah Bloedow, was walking in a marked crosswalk when she was hit by a mirror on a bus. The accident caused permanent brain damage and also shattered her arm. She had to leave her job as an attorney for Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services because of her injury.

Bloedow was set to go to trial against the county in two weeks but just settled for $4.5 million. The money will pay for her medical expenses as well as lost wages. The 45-year-old Bloedow will likely not be able to work again because of the injury.