Moscow Police and ambulance at horrific crash scene near Red Square June 16, 2018 –courtesy Moscow Police.

There was an accident in Moscow Saturday morning Moscow time.  Seven people were injured of which five were hospitalized.

Twitter videos and newspaper accounts are shown on the link below.

You can be the witness and judge for yourself what happened by clicking here.

As you can see,  the curb lane was clear of vehicles and the driver was obviously attempting to use it.

It appears he entered the lane too fast and that explains why the accident happened.  Police would do well to examine the car’s steering. It may have gone armstrong on him.

As he was empty he would have wanted that lane for ease of access to pedestrians hiring a cab.  His driving may have been an overreaction to a hailing pedestrian–a common cause of taxi accidents.

Remember cabbies when a pedestrian hails you there’s no need to panic they will wait for you to pull over when you have to maneuver across lanes to get to him or her.  I’ve seen far too many accidents caused by a “panic pullover” as likely happened here.



UPDATE: Moscow, June 17, 2018: Moscow police say the cab driver involved in yesterdays accident admitted to falling asleep at the wheel when the accident occurred.   

Owing to extreme hours of work not infrequently expected of taxi drivers, driver fatigue is all too often the final factor traffic accidents such as this one, involving cab drivers and other professional drivers on the streets and highways. –editor

DRIVERS! If you feel even remotely sleepy go home!  Always take a 15-minute break from cab driving every 3 hours or so and an hour-long break about halfway through your shift.  (Easier said than done of course, but necessary nevertheless.)  


Dangerous James tweeted the following without any regard for the driver’s privacy!  Unlike James, the editor here respects the privacy of those persons involved and concealed the license number of the cab and the identity of the taxi broker.   Is this yet another lawsuit waiting to happen?   See my comments below and you be the judge.

1. James Dangerous‏ @jamesdangerous Jun 8
One of yr drivers just blew through a crosswalk at an elementary school, while the lights were flashing & the kids were going to school.                     Lic no xxxxx.

TAXI COMPANY:  Replying to @jamesdangerous: 
Thanks for letting us know James! We have brought this unit in for our safety supervisor to review the dash-cam.
2:31 PM – 11 Jun 2018

James Dangerous‏ @jamesdangerous Jun 11:                                                             Your complete lack of concern for the safety of children is absolutely astounding Little wonder why @uber is killing your industry—you couldn’t care less about your customers or the ppl of yyc.

(YYC is airline code for the Calgary International Airport or            the City of Calgary —editor)

Here’s the problem: A complaint about a person’s work performance was submitted with the available identifying information—in this case, a license number to an employer for appropriate action.  Fair enough, but such conversations are not the public’s business.  It’s a matter that is the exclusive preserve of the employer and the employee.

Citizens have not only the right but the duty to bring such matters to an employer’s attention by way of—and only by way of a personal visit to the boss’ office, telephone, snail mail or e-mail only.

Posting such conversations with personal information such as a license number or the name of the worker on social media for all to see is, to put it bluntly wrong! Wrong! Wrong!

Doing so is nothing less than a callous abuse of freedom of expression and as such, has no place in civilized society.

Freedom of expression is not licence to publicly cause embarrassment or harm to anyone whether the story is true or not.

Citizens and the courts must remember that all freedoms,  carry responsibility and governed by law.

A society that has no freedom from the abuse of freedom is a society that is not free at all.

Hence, a conversation as described here to voice concerns about a workers performance with an employer is a private conversation outside the domain of public scrutiny whether the public likes it or not.

As such the cab driver here, in my opinion, is a has grounds for a lawsuit.  It’s an extremely serious violation of personal privacy