Elderly woman en route to Flower Show dies after getting hit by bus

 (Tom MacDonald/WHYY, file)

(Tom MacDonald/WHYY, file)

An elderly woman heading to the Philadelphia Flower Show died Monday after she got hit by the charter bus hired to take her there from Vineland, New Jersey.

The accident happened around 8:30 a.m. at a shopping complex on Lincoln Avenue near Dante Avenue in Vineland, New Jersey, according to Vineland Police Sgt. Nick Dounoulis.

The driver from Sheppard Bus Company was waiting to take a group of about 50 people to the show when he discovered a mechanical problem and decided to go get a different bus, Dounoulis said.

But as the bus began pulling away, pedestrian Myriam Roman, 83, of Vineland, crossed in front of it – and got hit, police said.

The driver has not been charged. The accident remains under investigation.

The trip had been an annual excursion since the 1990s, according to the Daily Journal. One passenger told the newspaper that she shouted to warn the driver and Roman as she saw the accident unfolding, but the driver didn’t seem to see Roman, a petite woman, in front of the bus.

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