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An elderly, visually impaired man was in critical condition Wednesday after being hit by a school bus in South Salt Lake.

South Salt Lake police Sgt. Gary Keller said the man was in a crosswalk at 6:53 a.m. when the Granite School District bus hit him while making a left turn from southbound 300 East to eastbound 2700 South.

Witnesses told officers that the 73-year-old victim was struck by the rear wheels of the bus.

The driver immediately pulled the bus into a nearby church parking lot, where about 20 students were transferred to another bus to complete their trips to classes.

The first bus remained on the site while investigators checked it for evidence and conducted safety inspections, a routine procedure in such cases, Keller said.

The identity of the victim was withheld pending notification of his family, but Keller reported Wednesday afternoon that his condition had been stabilized.

No injuries were reported to the driver or students on the bus.

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