FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A pedestrian in the lower level of Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport was struck by a bus Saturday afternoon.
According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, a private charter bus fatally struck a woman in terminal 4 of the arrivals area at FLL.
Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said the woman was a passenger in an SUV.
According to Jachles the SUV stopped in a travel lane and the woman got out to greet someone arriving at the airport.
“As she was getting back into the vehicle it appears she tripped and fell under the wheels of the bus,” said Jachles.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators said 12 passengers and a driver were on board the bus which was headed to Miami so that the passengers could board a cruise. Nobody on the bus was injured.
Jessica Young heard the crash.
“You heard the screeches and the screams of the other people and it’s unbelievable it’s terrible this would happen to a poor lady. I just can’t believe it,” she said.
Investigators said the woman was one of three people inside the SUV. They are still investigating as to why the vehicle stopped where it did.
“We still don’t understand why that driver stopped in a travel lane to let that passenger out.” said Jachles.
Arrivals traffic has been rerouted to the upper level as BSO traffic homicide detectives continue to investigate the accident.