WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A section of Purdue's campus was closed to traffic after a person was hit by a CityBus Monday morning.
According to Purdue Police, 21-year-old Andrew Fant was struck by a bus near Memorial Mall shortly after 11 a.m.
Our news partner The Exponent reports Fant student who was riding a bike when he was hit by the bus just outside of Stewart Center.
Purdue spokeswoman Jeanne Norberg confirmed this, saying the cyclist was apparently heading east off Memorial Mall and the bus was headed north on Memorial Mall Drive when the bike appeared to have collided with the side of the bus.
The Exponent says witnesses reported Fant was unresponsive.
Norberg says Purdue Fire Department EMTs responded and the man was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital East with what appear to be serious injuries.
Memorial Mall was closed to traffic.
Purdue officials say the video from CityBus shows Fant was wearing earbuds and riding with his head down at the time of the crash.
Here's more from The Exponent's story on the incident:
Hannah Alexander, a sophomore in the College of Liberal Arts, was onboard the bus when the accident occurred.
"All of sudden, we're pulling up in front of Stewart, and the whole back of the bus lifted up," Alexander said. "We thought somebody hit the bus, and we come out, and there's a body laying on the ground, and there's blood everywhere ... I'm just really shaken up about this."
Alexander said she wasn't sure about the condition of the victim, but that he appeared to be unresponsive.
"We got off the bus, and we saw him," Alexander said. "He was unresponsive. I tried to give them space."
Megan Barnes, a senior in the College of Science, said she arrived on the scene moments after the accident, describing it as shocking.
"I walked up, there might have been one police car here ... It was like something you'd see out of a movie," Barnes said. "It was some scary stuff."
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