A Michigan man fell off a Nashville party bus downtown and was run over by the same bus. They say he fell face first from the bus to the concrete and then the rear wheels ran over his legs. He was taken to Vanderbilt medical center and is believed to be in a condition that is not life-threatening.
He was sitting on the railing of the roofless party bus near the corner of Broadway and 14th when he fell off. There were 14 other people riding the bus.
Those of us that live here and see the pedal tavern's and party transportation are probably not surprised.
But it also was predicted by a man who knows Nashville tourism well. Butch Spryidon, president and CEO of Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. told the Tennessean recently,
"It’s not if, it’s when, somebody is going to fall from one of the vehicles. Or there’s going to be road rage or something, and I don’t want that to happen."
He also mentioned that party transportation vehicles were ignoring the rules and seemed oblivious to complaints from people in Nashville.
Get this. There is an actual state law that prohibits cities like Nashville from regulating entertainment vehicles!
There was an effort by Nashville in 2019 to make a law requiring non-slip flooring and safety railings, but pressure from the Tennessean called "industry leaders" stopped it from going anywhere.