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Smith v. Rapid Transit, Inc.
Citation:317 Mass. 469 (1945)
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While the plaintiff as about 1 A.M. on February 6, 1941, was driving an automobile on Main Street, Winthrop, in an easterly direction toward Winthrop Highlands, she observed a bus coming toward her which she described as a great big, log, wide affair. The bus forced her to turn to the right and her automobile collided with a parked car. The plaintiff was coming from Dorchester. The department of public utilities had issued a certificate of public convenience to the defendant for three routes in Winthrop, one of which includes Main street. Parties disagree over whether there was enough evidence that the plaintiff was injured by a bus of the defendant that was operated by one of its employees in the course of his employment.
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