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Man run over by Port Authority bus in Swissvale dies

| Monday, June 15, 2009, 12:00 p.m.

An elderly man was fatally injured Sunday evening when a Port Authority bus ran over him at a Swissvale bus station.

The man, whose name was not released, got off an EBA bus that was traveling along the East Busway at the Swissvale station in the 2500 block of Woodstock Avenue last night, an emergency dispatcher and Port Authority spokesman Jim Ritchie said.

When the man left the bus with the rest of the passengers at the end of the bus line, the bus driver parked for 10 minutes and then looped the bus around and started her next trip, Ritchie said. New passengers boarded and the bus driver started driving away.

At that time, the man started running after the bus and was banging on its side, Ritchie said. He fell beneath the back of the articulated bus — a long vehicle with accordion-like joints — and was run over.

Emergency responders were called to the scene at 5:51 p.m., the dispatcher said. The man died after being taken to the hospital. At 9 p.m., Ritchie confirmed his death. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed the death but declined to release the man's name or any information about the incident.

The Port Authority bus driver, whose name was not released, will be placed on paid leave until an investigation into the matter is completed, Ritchie said. That is standard procedure.

The driver will be tested for alcohol and drugs, which is standard procedure, Ritchie said.

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