It was just a matter of time before something like this happened.
Party buses (and tractors, and wagons, and hot tubs – pretty much any kind of party vehicle you can think of) have pretty much taken over downtown Nashville these days.
Stand on a street corner on Broadway and you’ll see all sorts of so-called “transportainment” vehicles pass by, loaded down with bachelorette parties and tourists drinking their asses off and woo-ing at passersby on the street.
The vehicles have been a hot topic around Nashville lately as they seem to become more and more prevalent, all the while making it harder and harder for locals to get around the city as they add to the drunken party vibe that’s taken over lower Broadway.
Well unfortunately last night a rider on one of the vehicles was hospitalized after he fell off of a party bus near downtown Nashville, a few blocks away from the honky tonks of Broadway, and was run over by the bus.
According to the 911 call from the incident posted by WKRN, the man was sitting on the railing of the roofless party bus when he fell off and hit his head near the White Castle on Broadway. After he fell, the bus then ran over the man’s legs with its rear tires.
The caller said that the rider was unconscious and bleeding “real bad” from the head.
Nashville police say the man’s injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, but the rider was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center after the accident where a hospital spokesperson said he was in stable condition.
Honestly, with as many of these vehicles as there are on the streets, I’m surprised this doesn’t happen more often.
These party buses are largely regulated by the state of Tennessee, with state law leaving the city of Nashville unable to do much when it comes to overseeing the transportainment vehicles. But many are calling for leaders to step in and put more restrictions on the wildly-popular industry.
After yesterday’s accident, the President and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, Butch Spyridon, added his voice to those calling for change:
“While we hope the individual injured recovers quickly, we must use this as an immediate call to action.
Public safety is our number one concern, and unfortunately what we feared would happen, did happen. It is no secret that we have been openly concerned about the behavior surrounding entertainment vehicles.
As goes public safety, so goes Nashville’s reputation. We need music to return to center stage instead of unregulated rolling parties. The hospitality industry and the city are determined to respond with meaningful measures.”
I guess we’ll see what happens and whether the latest incident spurs any change for the booming party bus industry.
But if you’re planning on hopping on one when you come to Nashville, please at least be safe about it.
Of course, even if you don’t fall off… they can still be dangerous.