JSO: Woman hit, killed by JTA bus after getting entangled in door, tire

Police say a woman died when hit by bus on Ocean Street in Mayport

By Roxy Tyler - Web producer, Quan McWil

MAYPORT, Fla. - Police said a woman was killed after being run over by a Jacksonville Transportation Authority bus on Ocean Street in Mayport around 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Witnesses said when the lady was getting off the bus near the front she got her arm stuck in the door and ended up entangled in the bus' tire underneath. 

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said the woman is a 50-year-old woman who lives in the area.

Investigators and JTA officials are on the scene on Ocean Street and Pearl. They have been talking with witnesses and will review tapes from cameras that are installed on JTA buses.

Kris Drayton said he saw it happen.

"After she was beating on it (the bus) he stopped and he let her arm go. All I saw is he dragged her under the bus, and that last back wheel run over her. I seen it happen in front of me," Drayton said.

Ocean Street was closed for several hours but has since reopened. Officers said the ferry and restaurants remain open and boaters should not have any problem getting to and from the Kingfish Tournament.

JTA released the following statement: 

"The Jacksonville Transportation Authority would like to express our deepest condolences to family of the deceased. The safety and security of our customers, employees and the community is paramount. We are cooperating with the JSO's ongoing investigation to get to the bottom of what happened."

 

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