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Residents asking for changes after crash at GRTC bus stop in Henrico

Posted at 9:10 PM, Dec 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-29 21:13:09-05

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- The Monday accident at a GRTC bus stop at the corner of Alma and E. Laburnum Avenue, has Henrico residents talking and looking for changes.

Seven people, including two kids under the age of five, were injured in an accident after an Infinity sedan collided with a Ford SUV at the intersection. The impact flung the Ford SUV towards the GRTC bus stop, where five adults and three children were waiting for the bus to arrive.

One child was pinned beneath the bus shelter and is has life threatening injuries at VCU Medical Center.

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“We've got to pray for them,” said William Smith.

Smith said the intersection desperately needs a traffic signal.

CBS 6 spoke with Randy Oakley Monday and he said he’s witnessed accidents at the intersection for 37 years, with his own daughter even being injured.

"We've been here for two years, and we've seen some serious accidents where people have been really critically hurt," said local business owner Sonia Brown.

They all agree a stop light is need at the intersection.

CBS 6 contacted the department of public works director about the likelihood of that happening.

He said it would require a signal warrant analysis. They'd have to examine the crash stats and then investigate the type of accidents.

He said before a light could go up they would have to be sure that adding a traffic signal would be the answer to correcting the types of accidents seen at the intersection. That study will be done in the coming weeks.

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In the meantime others wonder if moving the GRTC bus stop permanently would be the answer.

“At this time we haven't had any requests or complaints from any of our riders, Henrico County, or VDOT regarding this bus stop location, in fact the reason why this bus stop had a shelter is because it was so used,” said GRTC spokeswoman Carrie Rose Pace.

For now, Rose Pace said the bus stop will continue to operate as a normal.

“We are working with Henrico County need to make sure we provide a safe service for this bus stop location,” said Rose Pace.