Police: Girl struck, killed by public bus

Providence police investigate after a girl was hit and killed by a RIPTA bus on Smith Street. (Photo: Madeleine Wright)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) —  Providence police have confirmed a girl who was hit by a RIPTA bus just a short distance from the State House has died from her injuries.

The girl was struck just after 8:30 a.m. on Smith Street.

It’s a very active scene and parts of the area are currently taped off while police investigate.

A passenger who was on board the bus at the time said she was thrown to the floor when the bus stopped abruptly and heard the bus driver scream ‘Oh my God.”

The woman said she saw a man, who she believed to be the girl’s father, pull the child from the road and on to the sidewalk.

She said the girl was bleeding when she was taken away from the scene in an ambulance.

Police did not give the girl’s exact age, but said she was under 10 years old. They said she died at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. It’s unknown if the victim was heading to school at the time of the accident.

Police said the driver is a male and is very distraught.

Eyewitness News contacted RIPTA spokeswoman Barbara Polichetti who said the agency is cooperating with Providence police.

She said the accident was “an incredibly upsetting event for everyone.”

Polichetti said she did not yet have the name of the bus driver involved, adding that the agency will have more information after “we gather the facts.”

Traffic in the area of Smith Street and Fran Conway Place had been detoured while police investigated. We’re told the bus was being towed from the area as of 10:50 a.m.

Police said no charges have been filed and the investigation is ongoing.

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