WASHINGTON - A male pedestrian has died after being struck and then getting trapped underneath the rear wheels of a commuter bus outside of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, according to officials.
Police say the man was struck by an OmniRide bus on 14th Street near Constitution Avenue in Northwest D.C. at around 4:33 p.m. Wednesday.
D.C. Fire and EMS removed the deceased victim from underneath the bus Wednesday evening.
“A rescue team climbed under the bus and was able to quickly determine that the victim had suffered fatal injuries," said D.C. Fire and EMS spokesperson Vito Maggiolo. "At that point, it became a police matter. We are remaining on the scene because it is going to take our rescue squad using extrication tools to help in the recovery once the police conduct their investigation."
The driver and passengers were on the bus at the time of the incident, but no other injuries were reported. The OmniRide bus provides service for commuters between Washington D.C. and Prince William County.
“We just wanted to express our deepest condolences to the pedestrian’s family and let you know that there were no injuries to any of the passengers who were on the bus,” said Christine Rodrigo, spokesperson for the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission. "We are cooperating fully with the investigation that is going on.”
D.C. police’s Major Crash Unit was called to the scene to investigate what exactly what happened to cause the deadly crash.
All lanes on 14th Street between Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive were shut down for several hours in both directions due to the incident, but later reopened Wednesday night.