Woman crossing street fatally struck by commuter bus in West Orange

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WEST ORANGE, N.J. -- Dilma Khan, 82, of West Orange, was crossing over Harrison Avenue when she was hit by a DeCamp commuter bus early Thursday morning.

It happened at 9:30 a.m.

Police rushed to her aid, but she was pronounced dead at the scene a few minutes later.

The bus is owned by New Jersey Transit, but operated by DeCamp. It was on route to New York. The company would not comment on the crash, but investigators say the driver did call police and tried to help.

In the past two years, DeCamp buses have been in five crashes. One resulted in injuries. Overall, the company has high safety ratings from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

“Once in a while I see one on the phone, but usually they're good,” said Lucy Ballenilla, as she waited for the bus.

It appears the driver was trying to make a left at the intersection of Harrison and Mississippi Avenues.

“The thing is that’s very scary that area. It’s difficult for a bus and a car to pass,” added Ballenilla.

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating. No charges have been filed against the driver.

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