Man struck by Metro bus, dies

Man seen drinking before getting off bus
Man struck by Metro bus, dies

A 68-year-old man died after he got off a Metro bus and was hit Monday night, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said the man was getting off the bus near East Washington Avenue and East Springs Street just before midnight when he fell into an area near the rear bus wheel and gutter. The bus driver stopped after the bus made contact and called police.

The man was pronounced dead at a hospital.

“Apparently there’s nothing this driver could have done to prevent what took place. It’s a traffic accident where we had someone who was intoxicated, someone who was drinking on the bus,” Madison police spokesperson Joel DeSpain said.

Bus video shows the man putting alcohol in his coffee on board, officials said. When he exited, he took several steps away from the bus, and then stumbled back into the path of the vehicle.

“We’re not out there actively patrolling the seats looking for that type of thing, but it’s not allowed on the bus, and if the drive does see it he will ask the person to pour it out or ask the police to come assist him,” Madison Metro spokesperson Mick Rusch said.

Police said they have had contact with the man in the past over alcohol issues.

Madison Metro released a statement saying they’re investigating the incident.  The bus has been impounded for inspection by the Wisconsin State Patrol.