We received two email witness accounts and confirmed with Boston Police that a serious Segway accident occured on Sunday where a novice rider fell while on a Boston Gliders tour traveling through Christopher Columbus Park. The incident report puts the time at 6:25 pm on Sunday, June 19, 2011. One witness describes the accident scene as follows:
I saw a woman taken away in an ambulance after a Segway accident on Atlantic near Christopher Columbus Park. She was a member of the tour and was taken away on a stretcher, on a backboard, in a neckbrace, bleeding. The tour leader seemed to have disappeared from the scene. He said he didn’t know anything and was just there to pick up the Segway, which he quickly made off with. Nobody from the “tour company” stayed behind to see if their injured customer was OK. An officer arrived on the scene, so I left.
Boston Police said that the woman fell off the Segway and no citations or charges were made against the tour company.
Last week, Boston City Council passed strict regulations banning Segway use from sidewalks and parks. The council ruling would also require a safety briefing and training for tour riders.
Two days later, Boston Gliders filed a lawsuit challenging the new rules in US District Court. At the council hearings, the North End-based tour company said there have been no accidents on their Segway tours. Boston Gliders recently moved into the old gas station site on the corner of Commercial and Hanover Streets in the North End.