Monday, May 31, 2010

Driver In MBTA Bus Crash Denies Running Stop Sign

DORCHESTER (WBZ) ― The driver of a minivan cited for running a stop sign and causing a crash that injured more than a dozen MBTA bus riders says it was not her fault.

Police say Idalia Grant went through a stop sign at the corner of Gallivan Boulevard and Morton Street in Dorchester on Saturday, ramming right into a T bus. Grant, however, has a very different story.

"The MBTA bus rammed right into us and pushed us right on sidewalk," she told WBZ's Paul Burton.

T police say Grant failed to stop at the intersection; she has been charged with failure to observe a traffic sign. Grant, however, says she did stop.

"They just assumed I ran the stop sign and it was broad daylight, so I had to see the stop sign," she said.

Grant's five-year-old nephew fractured his leg in the crash and had to have surgery. Her daughter received cuts on her arm.

"I want them to stop saying that I ran the stop sign, because it's not true," Grant said. "I did not run the stop sign."

Grant said it was important for her to come forward to tell her side of the story and hopes the charge against her will be dropped.

In all 15 people were injured in the crash and had to be transported to nearby hospitals. None of those injuries was life threatening.

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