Woman Killed by Tour Bus in Manhattan as Sister Watches in Horror: Police, Witnesses

A 68-year-old tourist from Europe was fatally struck by a tour bus in Manhattan Wednesday, authorities said.

Police said the bus, empty of passengers with only the driver aboard, was parked on Amsterdam Avenue facing northbound between West 112th Street and West 113th Street, and when it moved forward, it hit the woman, who was trying to cross Amsterdam Avenue mid-block, from west to east. 

The woman, identified as Wanda Canestri, who is Italian but from Spain, according to sources, was pinned under the bus and pronounced dead at the scene. 

Only the driver was on the bus, police said. 

"It was a terrible sight," witness Tyrone Wilson said, adding he'd never seen anything like that in his life.

"I heard from a lot of pedestrians, 'She got hit, she got hit.' And I looked closer, I saw the lady folded up under the bus," he said. 

A second person who witnesses identified as the victim's sister was taken to a hospital for evaluation after the deadly accident, fire officials said. Witnesses said she was inconsolable. 

The bus driver stayed at the scene, and the NYPD's Collision Investigation Squad is investigating. 

The tour bus company, identified as United Coach Line based on Staten Island, said it was investigating the death and had no further comment. 

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