| 06.08,19. 01:50 PM |
Teenage cyclist dies after being hit by school bus at Raymond Terrace
Photo: Emergency services at the scene of the fatal accident. (ABC News)
A teenage boy has been killed in the Hunter region after being struck by a school bus while riding his bike.
NSW Ambulance said the 15-year-old was trapped under the bus in Raymond Terrace, north of Newcastle, just before 8:00am.
Police said he was riding his bike along Mount Hall Road before he crossed the intersection at Clyde Circuit where he was hit by a bus.
The bus was carrying a number of children who've since been taken to a nearby school.
The 41-year-old male driver has been taken to a hospital for mandatory testing.
"As you can imagine, it was an increasingly distressing scene for both emergency services and bystanders," said NSW Ambulance Acting Inspector Matthew Hawke.
"Ambulance paramedics did everything they could, but unfortunately the individual could not be saved.
"Chaplains and clinical psychologists are supporting those witnesses and personnel.
"It's a police matter at this stage, they'll be assessing and gathering information into what actually occurred."
A crime scene has been established and inquiries are continuing.
Resident Peter McMahon said the small community was in shock.
"I've lived in the area here for about 20 years, it's a small town and something like this really is a shock for everyone, particularly those in the local area," he said.
Mr McMahon said the road could be busy, particularly in the morning peak, with cars and buses "bumper to bumper".
There were also a lot of children who walk to school, he said.
"[It] shakes you up a bit when you see something like this."