SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — A pedestrian has died after being struck by a Coach USA bus, operated under contract to NJ Transit, in downtown South Orange.

The incident happened shortly after 1:30 p.m. today, at the corner of South Orange Avenue and Valley Street. The bus involved in the incident is operated by Coach USA, and the driver is employed by that company. The South Orange Rescue Squad, South Orange Fire Department, and South Orange Police Department responded, and representatives of the Crime Scene Investigation Bureau of the Essex County Prosecutor's Office arrived as well. The bus driver was male; no further details are confirmed. TAPinto SOMA will update the story as information becomes available.

South Orange Village sent the following emergency alert at 1:48 p.m.: "Due to a pedestrian struck, motor vehicles are advised to avoid Valley Street. The section of Valley Street, between South Orange Avenue and First Street is closed both ways until further notice."

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Updated to add: The bus driver was interviewed at the scene and went to the South Orange Police Station for a further interview. A female witness also went to the Police Station.

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