A 16-year-old boy remains in serious condition in a Halifax hospital after he was struck by a Metro Transit bus last night during rush hour.

Police say the teen’s condition has been upgraded from critical to serious and he is expected to live, despite injuries to his lower body.

The incident happened just after 5 p.m. Wednesday at the corner of Spring Garden Road and Barrington Street in downtown Halifax.

Police say the boy was running to catch the bus as it turned right at the intersection onto Spring Garden Road.

In his efforts to catch the bus, the boy accidentally ran into the passenger side, fell to the ground and slipped underneath the front wheels of the vehicle, which then drove over his lower body.

Police say the teen was conscious at the scene and treated briefly prior to being taken to the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre.

Investigators interviewed passengers on the bus and witnesses in the area. They say a preliminary investigation indicates no charges will be laid, and they don't believe there was any negligence by the bus driver.

Spring Garden Road was shut down between Brunswick and Barrington Streets until 8 p.m. Wednesday while police investigated the scene.