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1 killed, several injured in shuttle bus accident at Honolulu cruise terminal

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Several people were hit by a shuttle bus in Honolulu on Friday.



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One person died and several others were injured after a shuttle crashed into them Friday at a Honolulu cruise terminal in Hawaii, according to police and Carnival Cruise Line.

The cruise port bus was dropping people off near a pier when a passerby informed the driver that the bus was moving. The driver jumped into the driver’s seat and tried to stop the bus, but pressed the gas pedal instead of the brakes, police said.

“Someone shouted, then I looked and the bus hit the crowd. This continued until he hit the wall,” witness Janet Lightfoot told CNN affiliate KHNL/KGMB.

The bus hit concrete barriers and 11 people, five of whom were transported to hospitals for treatment, according to police. One woman died from her injuries, while the others were in good condition and have since been released, police said. Six people refused to seek treatment.

“It’s a sad case where their vacation to Hawaii turned into a tragedy,” said Jessica Lani Rich of the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii, a nonprofit organization that helps victims.

Carnival Cruise Line said nine guests from the Carnival Miracle ship were among those involved in the accident, including the woman who died. The Illinois woman was celebrating her wedding anniversary with a family cruise, Rich said.

“She was traveling with her husband, who was also injured and is expected to recover,” the cruise line said.

The woman’s husband was taken to the emergency room along with several other family members, the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii told CNN.

Police said the investigation is ongoing, but so far speed does not appear to be an issue in the crash. “It is unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor in this collision,” Honolulu police said.

CNN has contacted the shuttle company and is awaiting a response.

The Carnival Miracle is halfway through a 15-day sailing voyage from Long Beach, California.

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