Pa. man dies after tour bus hits him; many hurt

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Posted: Mar 07, 2011 8:44 AM
Pa. man dies after tour bus hits him; many hurt

A man who pulled his car over to the side of the road after a fender bender was killed when a tour bus hit him, then rolled on an icy interstate, injuring numerous passengers, police said Monday.

The crash involving a Martz bus happened around 11 p.m. Sunday along Interstate 380 in Clifton Township, near Scranton, in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Trooper Bill Satkowski said 41-year-old Lamont Phillips, of Pittston, was fatally struck by the bus as he stood outside his vehicle after a minor collision with another car.

Phillips had returned to his vehicle and was talking to his wife through the window when he and his car were struck by the bus, Satkowski said.

The bus then rolled onto its side, injuring numerous passengers, Satkowski said.

None of the injuries appear life-threatening. but police are still trying to determine exactly how many people were aboard. The injured passengers were transported to three area hospitals.

The Lackawanna County coroner's office scheduled an autopsy for later Monday.

"He happened to be standing in the wrong place at the wrong time," coroner Tim Rowland said.

Satkowski said icy conditions may have contributed to the crash, but it was too early to say for sure.