AMHERST, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- One person is dead after being struck by a vehicle Wednesday morning in Amherst.

Mary Carey, the spokesperson for the Northwestern District Attorney's office, said that a school van leaving Crocker Farm School on West Street in Amherst struck and killed a female pedestrian.

Amherst School Superintendent Michael Morris said in a statement that "All students at Crocker Farm are safe and unhurt."

Amherst officials said in a tweet that West Street, from Shays Street to West Pomeroy Lane, is closed. That area is expected to be closed for several hours.

Western Mass News spoke with neighbors who said they believe the victim is the same woman they have seen walking up and down the road many times before.

The District Attorney's Office told Western Mass News there were three students on the van at the time of the accident.

Yellow caution tape surrounds a school van in Amherst and motorists are being advised to seek alternate routes.

Christopher Price, who lives on West Street with his family told Western Mass News he believes he has seen the victim before.

"I saw the woman walking she walks by the house every day she has her little cart she putters right along she goes by," Price said.

You can see a blue cart on the side of the road, a tough sight as the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Team conducted their investigation.

"I see her pretty much every day she walks right through the house right past here and cuts through in front of Crocker Farms where she walks there and goes to the other side to the sidewalk and just walks back and forth," Price explained.

Price said he is still in shock.

"It seems like it was an accident, unfortunately, I know the bus drivers are extremely safe all the time and it is just unfortunate that happened," Price said.

Carey noted that the incident remains under investigation by Amherst Police and troopers assigned to the D.A.'s office, as well as the State Police Crime Scene Services Unit and Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section.

Western Mass News will continue to follow this story and will have more information as it becomes available.

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