CLAY CENTER (KSNT) – The Kansas Highway Patrol has confirmed a 69-year-old man died after being hit by a school bus Tuesday morning.
According to Clay Center Community High School, a school bus for USD 379 was involved in a crash with a pedestrian Tuesday morning. The Kansas Highway Patrol was first notified at 7:03 a.m.
Trooper Ben Gardner confirmed with KSNT 27 News the man was crossing the road when he was hit.
Harold Mugler, 69, of Clay Center, was walking southbound across Lincoln Avenue in the crosswalk, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.
According to the KHP, the crash happened at the intersection of 6th and Lincoln in Clay Center.
The KHP reported that the driver of the school bus, “failed to see the pedestrian in the crosswalk.”
The driver of the 2014 Blue Bird School Bus was a 71-year-old woman who suffered no apparent injuries.
Law enforcement is conducting an investigation.
According to the school, no students were on the bus, and the accident did not happen in a school zone.
“The bus accident this morning resulted in a fatality of the pedestrian. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in the tragedy. Our counselors are available to all students and staff who need support during this difficult time. As previously reported, no students were on the bus at the time and no students were involved. The bus involved had not yet picked up any of our students for the morning route. We are coordinating with the Kansa Highway Patrol who will be releasing all further information related to the accident. “Brett Nelson, Superintendent of Schools, USD 379
KSNT 27 News will update this story as more information becomes available.