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Man struck, killed by school van while walking on Route 5 in Enfield

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A man was struck and killed by a school van in Enfield on Wednesday morning, according to police. (WFSB photo) A man was struck and killed by a school van in Enfield on Wednesday morning, according to police. (WFSB photo)
ENFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

A man was killed after police said he was hit by a school van in Enfield on Wednesday morning. 

Two unidentified men were walking on Route 5 near exit 46 of Interstate 91 around 6:15 a.m. when police said one of them was struck by a school van. 

The man hit by the van was rushed to Hartford Hospital where police said he died from injuries suffered in the crash. 

Police said victim's identity will not be released until notification of next of kin. 

The other man and the driver did not report injuries to police. 

"I can tell you that we haven't had a history there of a lot of accidents but, nonetheless, there was a tragedy this morning," Enfield Police Chief Carl Sferrazza said. Pete

According to investigators, no students were on board the van.

"I'm just glad that nobody was on the bus, you know no kids were on the bus to see that," Enfield resident Pete Budaj said. 

Budaj's home is just diagonal to the crash site. Budaj said he heard something around 6 a.m., but didn't think much of it.

 "You hear stuff all the time," Budaj said. "I mean every once in awhile we usually get a car to hit the sign or hit the tree."

Joshua Ward, who works in Enfield, said he was "surprised" and "shocked" by the scene that unfolded on Route 5. 

"There's no sidewalk," Ward said. "I don't think this is made for pedestrian traffic."

Both sides of the road were closed between the exit and St. Patrick's Cemetery during the morning commute. Traffic was diverted through the cemetery. As of 9:30 a.m., the road had completely reopened. 

Police are still investigating how it happened. Their accident reconstruction was called to the scene. 

Smyth Bus Company released a statement following the crash. 

"We have a long standing service history with the community without incident and our thoughts go out to all those affected by this morning's accident. Our company strives for the highest degree of safety and professionalism among our drivers, and continues our commitment to full compliance with all safety regulations.  We will continue to fully cooperate with all agencies investigating this accident."

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