IMPD: Bicyclist was in bike lane when hit, killed by bus

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A bicyclist was hit and killed by a school bus Thursday morning on the north side of Indianapolis.

Police officials at the scene said the person killed was a 23-year-old man riding a bike. He was riding in a bike lane.

The crash happened around 7:30 a.m. near the intersection of Westlane and Ditch roads. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officials said the bicyclist was westbound on Westlane Road going through the intersection while the bus was eastbound on Westlane making a left turn north onto Ditch Road. It wasn’t yet clear who was at fault.

The bus was an Indianapolis Public Schools bus being operated by Durham. No children were on board at the time. IPS officials said the bus was headed to Washington Township to pick up an out-of-district student to take to School 48. Only the driver and a bus monitor were on the bus at the time of the crash. IMPD officials said the bus driver, 72-year-old Bessie Smith, was shaken but not injured.

Damage was visible on the front of the bus; a windshield wiper was broken, a light was broken and there was damage to the front bumper. A helmet could be seen under the bus, and the bicycle was behind the bus.

Investigators don’t believe speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.

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