15-year-old hit by car while getting off school bus in South Jersey

The teen was airlifted to Cooper University Hospital for serious injuries.

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HAMILTON TWP., New Jersey (WPVI) -- Police in Atlantic County, New Jersey are investigating after a teenager was struck by a car while exiting the school bus.

It happened around 5:43 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Mays Landing-Somers Point Road and Old River Road in Hamilton Township.

Police say the 15-year-old boy was getting off the bus in the northbound lane when he was hit by a 79-year-old man driving a Honda Civic in the soundbound lane.

The teen was airlifted to Cooper University Hospital for serious injuries.

According to Superintendent James Reina, the teen is a student at Oakcrest High School.

Reina released this statement on Monday night:

"Good evening, The Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District is aware that one of our Oakcrest students was involved in an accident this evening after departing an athletic bus. At this time, we are working with both Hamilton Township Police and the transportation company to gather all information. Our thoughts, prayers, and positive energy are with the student and their family. There is no additional information available at this time. We will have counseling services available at Oakcrest High School in the morning; any student who feels as though they need assistance, should see either our Guidance staff, a member of our Child Study Team, or any of our professional counseling services. Should additional information become available, we will update our Oakcrest Community."

No summonses have been issued at this time, and no additional injuries were reported.

Police say an investigation is ongoing into the bus operator's procedures and any potential violations by either driver.