Pedestrian Rushed to Hospital After Being Struck, Pinned Beneath Greyhound Bus in Downtown D.C. - NBC4 Washington

Pedestrian Rushed to Hospital After Being Struck, Pinned Beneath Greyhound Bus in Downtown D.C.

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    Man Pinned by Bus Near Washington Convention Center

    News4's Pat Collins talked to witnesses who watched as rescue crews spent nearly half an hour freeing him from beneath the rear of a Greyhound bus that hit him near 7th Street and Massachusetts Avenue downtown. (Published Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015)

    A man in his 70s was seriously hurt after being struck and pinned beneath a Greyhound bus for about 20 minutes near the Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C. on Wednesday.

    The man was hit around 1:10 p.m. at the corner of 7th Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW. He was pinned beneath the rear wheels of the bus.

    The bus was making a left turn onto 7th street from Massachusetts Avenue at the time of the accident.

    Witnesses said the driver didn't initially realize he'd hit anyone, but people who saw what happened ran to the bus and banged on the door.

    The bus stopped in the crosswalk.

    A "secret hero" went to the man's aid, witness Rebecca Hochaus told News4.

    "There was a doctor that happened to be walking by, and he dove underneath the bus and he just assessed the situation and stayed under there," she said. 

    It took D.C. Fire & EMS personnel about 20 minutes to extricate the victim. Crews used hydraulic jacks and wooden slats to raise the rear of the bus to get to him.

    The man was then was rushed to a hospital. Police are talking to him and say it's a miracle he survived.

    "At this point, he's in serious but stable condition," Lt. Ronald Wilkins said.

    The Greyhound bus was being used as a shuttle bus to pick up people for an American Dental Association convention at the Convention Center. 

    The area was closed to vehicle traffic in the wake of the accident.