Lakeside Shuttle Involved in Minor Accident


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The intersection of King Street and South Union Street where the collision occurred.

At approximately 12:20 p.m., Wednesday, April 17, the new Lakeside shuttle hit another vehicle at the intersection of King Street and South Union Street.

According to a student riding the shuttle, a vehicle pulled up at the King Street stop sign as the shuttle made a left turn.

The stopped vehicle backed up to give the shuttle more room to pass. After the shuttle completed the turn, the two vehicles grazed each other.

“I didn’t know what to do,” said Nick Brennan, a Student Ambassador, who was on the shuttle with a tour group. “We all heard it happen.”

No one in either vehicle was hurt.

“After a few minutes, I looked at my tour group, and I saw other people getting off the bus, and I said, ‘we’re getting off.'”

Shuttle riders heading to 194 St. Paul street walked the remaining distance, and riders heading to Lakeside were picked up by another shuttle.

Along the way, Brennan made jokes with the group about doing a walking tour of Burlington.

“I was confused,” Brennan said. “I had never been trained what to do [in that situation.] I was trying to figure out how to save the tour and improve the experiences of everyone on the tour.”

Burlington Police arrived at the scene of the collision around 12:40 p.m. and interviewed both drivers for the crash report.

Both Burlington Police and the shuttle driver declined to comment.

“I trust Green Mountain Transit’s process for these situations,” Director of Transportation Nic Anderson said.

Champlain’s Lakeside shuttle was previously in a collision last December.