A tragic incident occurred at Boston Logan International Airport on Monday evening, as an adult male was struck and killed by a coach bus. The victim has been identified as Vishwachand Kolla, 47, of Lexington, who was at the airport to pick up a friend.
The bus involved in the incident belonged to Dartmouth Coach, a transportation company based in Concord, New Hampshire, that provides services between New Hampshire, Boston, and New York City.
According to the Massachusetts State Police, Kolla was parked curbside at the Terminal B lower (arrivals) level when he was hit by the bus. Preliminary investigations suggest that he was standing on the driver’s side of his Acura SUV when the middle of the bus made contact with him, dragging him along the driver’s side of his vehicle.
Kolla suffered severe injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the bus, a 54-year-old woman, declined medical treatment.
The crash investigation is ongoing and being conducted by Troop F of the Massachusetts State Police, the MSP Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the MSP Crime Scene Services Section, the MSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section, and the state police detective unit assigned to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Dartmouth Coach expressed their condolences and stated that the company is cooperating with the authorities to gather further information.
NewsCenter 5’s Peter Eliopoulos reported that there were passengers onboard the bus at the time of the crash, and they were moved to a different bus. The incident also temporarily disrupted airport operations, with some arriving passengers redirected to a different baggage claim area.
This tragic incident serves as a reminder of the importance of being vigilant while traveling, whether as a pedestrian or a driver. We urge all travelers to exercise caution and follow safety guidelines to prevent similar accidents from occurring.
Once again, we extend our sincere condolences to Kolla’s family and friends during this difficult time.