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Bus hits pedestrian in Brisbane CBD: Council 'open to review' signals

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Tony Moore and Kristian Silva

A pedestrian has been hit by a bus in the Brisbane CBD.

A pedestrian has been hit by a bus in the Brisbane CBD. Photo: Sophie Walsh/Nine News

Brisbane City Council will review pedestrian crossing signals if police deem timing was a factor behind a bus hitting a pedestrian in the CBD, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk says.

Queensland police’s forensic crash unit is investigating the circumstances behind Monday morning's peak-hour incident, which left a pedestrian in hospital.

The bus struck the 41-year-old Kenmore woman on the corner of Queen and Creek streets just before 8.50am. It is believed she was crossing the road when she was hit by the bus, which was turning into Creek Street.

It is not known whether the crossing signal was green, flashing or red when the woman stepped onto the road.

The pedestrian was trapped underneath the bus before being freed and taken to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital with arm and leg injuries. The bus driver, a 56-year-old Sandgate woman, was treated for shock and taken to the Saint Andrews Hospital.

Cr Quirk said he was comforted to hear the pedestrian was in a stable condition in hospital after the “very, very sad” incident.

“It is under police inquiry and I can't say any more about it at this time,” Cr Quirk said.

However said he was “open to review” the timing between the switching of the crossing signals if necessary.

“If the police report says to me that there is an issue around the flashing red length of time, then certainly we will,” he said.

He said the “flashing” red signal indicated how many seconds pedestrians have before buses and cars began to move through the intersection.

“Nobody should be crossing a road when it is flashing red,” he said.

“You walk on the green. You do not walk on the red.”

Brisbane resident Guiseppe Vilettri, who did not see the incident but was at the scene, said the lights at the intersection did not allow pedestrians enough time to cross the road.

Mr Vilettri claimed he had lodged several complaints with Brisbane City Council to check the traffic lights at the intersection “but they never did anything”.

“The lights are flashing too quick and bus driver, when he turned left...[the lights] do not give you enough time for the pedestrian to get across,” he said.

Police closed Creek Street, between Queen and Elizabeth streets, while paramedics treated the injured pedestrian.

Buses on Queen Street were diverted to Edward Street, while Creek Street services shifted to Eagle Street for about two hours.

- with Scott Beveridge

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