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Woman Struck, Killed By School Bus In Leonia

Emergency responders on the scene of an accident in Leonia involving a school bus on Aug. 7, 2014. (credit: CBS 2)

Emergency responders on the scene of an accident in Leonia involving a school bus on Aug. 7, 2014. (credit: CBS 2)

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LEONIA, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A woman was struck and killed by a school bus in Leonia on Thursday morning, officials said.

Police told 1010 WINS’ Al Jones the pedestrian was talking on her phone and walking against the light. She was struck around 8:30 a.m. in the middle of Broad Avenue by a minibus turning left off Fort Lee Road, authorities said.

The victim was dragged four car lengths before the bus came to a stop in front of Mayor John DeSimone’s hardware store, Jones reported.

Woman Struck, Killed By School Bus In Leonia

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Al Jones reports

Two people got off the bus and went into¬†DeSimone’s store, the mayor said.

“One was a counselor. One was a special-needs child,” DeSimone told Jones. “The older child was physically distraught about the whole thing.”

Aerial footage from the scene shows a school bus surrounded by emergency workers at the scene.

A witness said the female bus driver was crying while being questioned by police.

“It terrifies me and makes me wonder … was it somebody I know?” the witness told Jones.

Bergen County prosecutors said an active investigation was underway.

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