Car crashes into Pulse Science Museum station for second time

Car crashes into Pulse Science Museum station for second time

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - One week after a car crashed into a GRTC Pulse station, another car crashed in nearly the same place.

Richmond Police responded to intersection of North Robinson and West Broad Streets around 2:45 Friday morning for a car crashed into the Pulse Science Museum station that heads westbound.

Details about injuries and whether charges would be filed were not immediately available.

The investigation is ongoing, but GRTC's Carrie Rose Pace said the weather may have been a factor.

"There was flooding happening, significant blinding rain in the middle of the night," she added. "We do want people to stay aware, and cautious especially in extreme weather events."

GRTC has installed lights around the Pulse stations, including totems lit up with green lights.

In the daylight, remnants from the accident were scattered about. A piece of the headlight remained at the ramp to the platform.

Several people commented on an NBC12 Facebook Live about the crash stating they were confused about the travel lanes along the Pulse route, and anticipate more accidents in the future.

"The lanes are designed and marked so that everybody can share the roadway safely," Pace said. "If you follow your lane, and follow your signs everyone will share the road safely. It's really that simple."

Friday's crash also gave a first-hand look at how the security and safety measures at these bus stations work, specifically with the bollards, or posts.

"Those are pretty significant and meant to serve as a barrier if a car or automobile loses control moving toward that pedestrian area," Pace said. "That's what we understand happened last night. No pedestrians, but the bollards did their job."

On June 14, a car crashed in to the railing of the eastbound station at the same place. The driver did not have injuries, but was charged.

These two crashes have now raised concerns about the area after they happened yards from one another.

"I do think it's just a coincidence and I do think it's people that need to be alert and aware of their surroundings," Pace said.

Pace added some of the stations are still getting cosmetic work done, including glass maps and windscreens. The work should be complete by next week, but won't impact service.

GRTC Pulse opens to the public Sunday with a free ride week.

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This is a developing story. NBC12's Karina Bolster will have the latest at 5 and 6 p.m.

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