RIPTA bus strikes federal court officer

A federal court security officer was struck by RIPTA bus in downtown Providence on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.

A federal court security officer was struck by a RIPTA bus in downtown Providence on Wednesday and critically injured.

U.S. Marshal Jamie Hainsworth said Frank McKnight, who was on duty, was crossing a street by the federal courthouses on Kennedy Plaza when he was struck. McKnight, 69, was taken to Rhode Island Hospital, where he was in critical condition.

Hainsworth said McKnight has been employed as a court security officer for 13 years. Previously, McKnight served with the North Kingstown Police Department for about 25 years and retired with the rank of lieutenant.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the officer and his family. First and foremost, our priority is to assist the officer and his family in any way possible," Hainsworth said in a statement.

The bus was turning from Exchange Terrace onto Washington Street between the U.S. District Court House and the John O. Pastore Building when it struck McKnight at about 1:30 p.m.

The bus was surrounded by yellow police tape Wednesday afternoon. Many streets were shut down and buses from the transit hub at Kennedy Plaza were being diverted.

RIPTA did not comment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.