22 Aug 2012

Boy dies after being hit by school bus

12:31 pm on 22 August 2012

A five-year-old boy has been run over and killed after getting off a school bus on the West Coast.

A police spokesperson says the incident happened at Hector, north of Westport, near the intersection of Curtis and Greenfield streets about 3.10pm on Tuesday.

A witness told police that after getting off the bus, the boy ran out in front of it as it turned a corner.

The witness says the bus did not stop.

Granity School principal Megan Rich has confirmed the child was a pupil there and says it is an absolute tragedy.

Police have seized the bus and will interview the driver and other witnesses.