Getting “run over by a bus” is a catchall phrase for any number of unexpected tragedies or setbacks that can befall an otherwise innocent person.
But in Fort Smith it really happened — with a trolley. And if you ever wondered how much something like that can cost, Whispers has the answer: $490,620. That’s what Washington Regional Medical Center billed to the city of Fort Smith and its insurer, Travelers Insurance.
You see, the trolley driver was a Fort Smith employee who was cited for failure to yield with injury. The victim, a homeless man who lived at the Salvation Army, was transported to Washington Regional for treatment of a skull fracture and brain bleeding. At one point he was on a respirator, but as of June 30, was not listed as a patient at the hospital.
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