Man recovering after being hit by city bus in downtown Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) An accident in downtown left a man stuck under a Wichita city bus Tuesday afternoon.

It happened around noon at the intersection of Topeka and English.

Police say the bus went to turn left and head east on English when it hit the man, who was walking south to north on English.

The 55-year-old became stuck under the bus. When firefighters arrived on the scene, they had to jack up the bus to free the man.

He was taken to the hospital with non-critical injuries including a fracture, scrapes and bruises.

A few hours after the accident, that man, Joe Promyen says he is thankful to be alive.

Promyen, from California, says he was waiting for a Greyhound when he decided to walk to a nearby McDonald's for a cup of coffee. He made it to Topeka and English.

At that intersection, he says when the signal alerted him he had the right of way, he stepped into the street.

"About four, five steps, the bus coming turned left quickly and hit me," Promyen says. "I (felt) it. It was like, 'bam.'

Promyen says he wasn't able to get out of the way. he fell down and the bus ran over him.

"I was under the bus, you know. Pushed me under the floor," he says. "And I screamed and tell (the driver) to stop, stop, stop."

Promyen says firefighters pried him free and he was taken to the hospital.

He says he is not mad at the bus driver.

"It can happen," Promyen says. "Thank you to him for stopping quickly."

Eyewitness News called Wichita city officials about the incident. A city spokesman gave us a statement, saying Promyen stepped in front of the bus making a left turn and that this was an accident.