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Casino bus that hit, killed Queens woman located in Connecticut, officials say

Authorities have located in Connecticut the casino bus believed to have struck and killed an elderly woman in Flushing, Queens, on Thursday night as it traveled to Foxwoods Resort Casino.

The NYPD said the accident that killed the woman occurred near the intersection of Main Street and Kissena Boulevard about 8:30 p.m.

Connecticut State Police located the bus operated by Skyliner Travel & Tour Bus Co., at a rest stop in Madison, Connecticut, late Thursday or early Friday and notified New York City police. The vehicle has been transferred to New York for examination, a police spokesman said.

Skyliner Travel and Tour Bus Co. is an Astoria-based company that operates casino tour buses and other private and commercial charters.

The NYPD said it could not comment on the ongoing investigation. Local news media reports said that the driver of the bus had been questioned but not arrested.

A Skyliner manager confirmed authorities had stopped one of its buses and that the company was "fully cooperating" with the NYPD in its investigation. But the manager said it was unclear if the bus that was stopped was involved in the fatal accident.

"It's still under investigation, right now," the manager, who identified himself only as Paul, told Newsday Friday morning.

"What happened in Flushing, absolutely it's a tragedy," he said, adding that the company extended its sympathies and concerns to the victim's family. "We're fully cooperating with everybody involved."

Police said that officers from the 109th Precinct responded to a 911 call reporting the accident and found the woman "with severe body trauma" lying in the street. She was pronounced dead at the scene by an emergency medical service crew, police said.

Her identity has not been released, pending notification of next of kin.

Police said the investigation is being conducted by the NYPD's Collision Investigation Squad.

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