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Fatal bus crash under investigation

Honolulu police at the scene of the crash Honolulu police at the scene of the crash
Honolulu police investigating on South King Street Honolulu police investigating on South King Street

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police have opened an investigation after a man was hit and killed by a city bus.

According to officials, the incident happened at around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday on South King Street near University Avenue.

Police believe a man in his 60s was trying to chase down the bus and somehow fell under the rear wheels as it was pulling away.

"From what we can gather, it appears this pedestrian may have been trying to catch the city bus when he was run over by the bus," HPD Lt. Robert Towne said.

The man, believed to be homeless, was pronounced dead at the scene.

All east bound lanes of South King Street between Hausten Street and Kapaakea Lane were closed while police investigated. The road has since been reopened.

Oahu Transit Services says the bus driver was immediately tested for drugs and alcohol and will be put on alternative duty until its internal investigation into the incident is complete.

Police say speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors.

The bus driver is described as experienced, with 10 or so years of service working for TheBus.

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