A Pierce Transit employee was killed Tuesday evening after being run over by a bus at the headquarters, located in Lakewood. Names of the victim and the driver of the bus were not released Tuesday night.

KOMO is updating its coverage frequently, for the latest details.

Our condolences go to family of the deceased, and to the brothers and sisters of Pierce Transit who have a job to keep doing today as their hearts weigh heavy.

4 Replies to “Tragedy at Pierce Transit HQ”

  1. Since the driver would’ve been first on-scene, only question regarding them is by how many years will their permanently damaged life be shortened.

    Every driver with any seniority at all carries at least half a dozen lifelong memories vivid enough to be able to write the accident report that wasn’t necessary. That time.

    With so many people that close to machines that are structurally moving blind-spots, number of survivors around every un-barriered transit route is mind-boggling. Minority of whom noticed the bus that missed them by inches, let alone sensed any danger.

    Couple years ago, half hour van ride between airports in East Africa had me in front passenger seat beside a young woman calmly passing roadsides packed with equally calm pedestrians. Clearance fender to coat-sleeve a foot or less. At 30 miles an hour.

    Of course these people get hurt and killed. Like anyone moving close to moving cars and trucks. And since Tanzania intends to make game park tourism its national industry, miles of safety measures will doubtless be installed in coming years. But my point is same as I’ve said about driverless cars.

    World-wide, every level of development, what keep people alive at close quarters with transit-bus-sized vehicles are the reflexes bred into the human mechanism since its beginning. Which certainly do require practice and intensive training for highest survival rates.

    But also, and a particular defect in transit-industry working conditions, personnel in top physical condition, with, above all, a healthy sleep schedule. With every preventable source of operating stress, from understaffing to badly-coordinated operations, eliminated.

    My own favorite Conspiracy Theory is that two people can keep a secret if one just killed the other one. So while I think needless budget shortages and pertinent Federal regulations both abet negligent homicide, there’s a strong diminished capacity defense against collusion charges.

    Mark Dublin

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