Police are investigating a fatal accident involving a Rhode Island Public Transit Authority bus. The bus struck and killed a nine-year-old girl in Providence on Thursday morning.
RIPTA says the accident happened on Smith Street at approximately 8:40 a.m., just blocks from the Rhode Island Statehouse.
A bus traveling away from downtown Providence hit the girl, who was on foot. Police say she died of her injuries.
RIPTA officials say they are working closely with Providence police to determine the cause of the accident. They describe the bus driver as a longtime employee with a good driving record. RIPTA CEO Raymond Studley says he believes the collision was indeed an accident.
“We don’t think anything out of the ordinary, was ongoing. It’s just a horrible situation. Again my thoughts are with the victim and the victim’s family, and our bus operator; our employees are devastated by this,” said Studley.
A RIPTA spokesperson says it’s been a heartbreaking day for everyone.
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