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Tour Bus Strikes, Kills Woman in South L.A.

A woman was struck and killed by a private tour bus Saturday morning at an intersection in South Los Angeles, police said.

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A police officer taped off the scene of a fatal collision in South Los Angeles on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. (Credit: OnScene.tv HD)

The bus had a green light when it made a left turn onto Slauson Avenue from Figueroa Street (map) and hit the pedestrian, said Sgt. Susie Padilla of the Los Angeles Police Department. A caller reported the incident about 8:30 a.m.

The woman was walking outside of a crosswalk at the time of the crash, the LAPD said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Relatives identified her as 58-year-old Ena Orquidia Villalobos. Initial reports had indicated that Villalobos was 54.

She was on her way to see her doctor when the collision occurred, family members said.

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Ena Orquidia Villalobos died after being struck by a tour bus, relatives said. (Family photo)

No passengers were aboard the Arana Tour Line bus. The bus driver, who remained at the scene, was not charged.

“This bus right here was actually trying to cross the street and pass the light, and the lady was trying to cross it,” witness Alexx Tenoro said. “But it was her turn to cross.”

A Los Angeles Fire Department ambulance was involved in a two-vehicle crash while responding to the scene, police said.

The driver of a civilian vehicle and two LAFD personnel were transported to a hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries.

The Fire Department personnel were released, authorities said. It was not immediately clear if the driver remained hospitalized.

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