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Pedestrian struck by MBTA bus in Winthrop, driver placed on paid leave

An 81-year-old man was struck by an MBTA bus in Winthrop Wednesday afternoon, and suffered serious injuries to his lower body, officials said.

He was taken to a Boston hospital. His condition was not known Wednesday night.

The crash occurred around 2:45 p.m. in front of the police station in Metcalf Square.

Winthrop police and fire responded to the crash and provided aid to the man, police said.

The bus was operated by the Paul Revere Transportation, an MBTA contractor, the company said in a statement.

The driver had made a left turn onto Herman Street. “As a result, an 81-year-old male pedestrian suffered a significant lower body injury,” and was taken to a hospital, the statement said.


The driver has a clean record, but has been placed on paid leave, pending an investigation, according to the statement.

“Personnel files show the operator is current with all MBTA safety training guidelines and was not involved in any major incidents during seven years of service,” the company said.

The crash closed several streets in downtown Winthrop. Early in the evening, police asked drivers to avoid the crash area.

The Herman Street and Belcher Street, all of Metcalf Square and Winthrop Street, Winthrop Street and Wadsworth Street, and Pauline Street and Fremont Street roads were closed, police said.

The cause of the crash is under investigation by State Police and MBTA Transit Police.

Madison Mercado can be reached at madison.mercado@globe.com.