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South Charleston man dies after being struck by KRT bus

By From staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. --  A bus struck and killed a South Charleston man on Charleston's West Side early Thursday morning.

Joseph Bias, 40, was struck by a Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority bus near the intersection of 4th Avenue and Stockton Street about 5 a.m., Charleston Police Sgt. Nick Null said.

Bias died at the scene.

The bus driver was found to be at fault but will not be charged, Null said.

"It was dark and the bus driver didn't see him," he said.

Bias had stepped onto the road at the intersection, he said. 

"State code says that once a pedestrian has established their right of way, then vehicles have to yield to them," he said.

"But as far as criminal charges, we won't file any. It's just a horrific, horrific accident."

The bus had stopped to pick up passengers, and the driver was taking a right turn onto 4th Avenue when he struck Bias, Null said.

KRT General Manger Denny Dawson said all of the employees at the transportation authority were "torn up" about the incident.

"This just doesn't happen," Dawson said.

Dawson declined to identify the driver but said he was in his 60s and had been with KRT for about 10 years.

"He's a good, experienced driver," Dawson said.

Doug Hartley, assistant general manager, said the driver was shaken by the incident and KRT officials drove him home. He is taking a few days off with pay, Hartley said. 

The intersection reopened about 8:30 a.m.


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