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8-year-old girl hit by school bus in South Jordan

By Morgan Jacobsen, Deseret News

Published: Wed, April 30 6:35 p.m. MDT

 An 8-year-old girl was in extremely critical condition after being hit by a school bus on her way home from school near 4000 West and 10600 South on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in South Jordan.

An 8-year-old girl was in extremely critical condition after being hit by a school bus on her way home from school near 4000 West and 10600 South on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in South Jordan.

(Mark Wetzel, Deseret News)

SOUTH JORDAN — An 8-year-old girl was in extremely critical condition after being hit by a school bus on her way home from school Wednesday afternoon.

A bus heading south on 4000 West pulled to the side of the road near 10600 South, and the girl disembarked. While attempting to cross 4000 West, the girl was struck by another school bus, according to South Jordan Police Sgt. Sam Winkler.

"For reasons unknown at this point … there was another Jordan School District bus going southbound also that didn't see this girl and struck her," Winkler said.

The girl was taken to Intermountain Medical Center and later transported via helicopter to Primary Children's Hospital, where she underwent surgery. She was still in extremely critical condition from head injuries Wednesday evening, Winkler said.

Sarat Rimal, whose daughter attends Welby Elementary School, said the accident was a tragedy felt by many parents.

"Our hearts reach out to them," he said. "Of course, it's in our neighborhood. We feel really bad for them."

Jordan School District spokeswoman Sandy Riesgraf echoed Rimal's sentiments.

"This is very, very sad," she said. "It saddens us to see something like this happen."

Police were still investigating whether a stop sign was being used on the side of the bus from which the girl disembarked. Police were speaking with witnesses, many of whom were children, to better understand what happened.

Authorities said grief counselors will be available Thursday at Welby Elementary as there were children on the buses when the accident happened.

"Obviously, they're quite traumatized," Winkler said.

Contributing: Andrew Adams

Email: mjacobsen@deseretnews.com

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1. Beaver Native
St. George, UT,
April 30, 2014

How horrible for all those involved in a very preventable accident, My prayers are with the girl and her family, the drivers and students in the buses and all those who knew the girl.

2. itswhatithink
West Jordan, UT,
May 1, 2014

$150K a year and this is what the PR person says: "This is very, very sad," she said. "It saddens us to see something like this happen."

3. Mormonmama0106
Phoenix, AZ,
May 3, 2014

I drive a school bus and this is one of my greatest fears. My prayers are with this precious little girl and her family. And while it may not be a popular comment, my prayers are with the driver who hit her as well. They will have to live with this for the rest of their lives. I know how I would feel if it were me.

4. Mormonmama0106
Phoenix, AZ,
May 3, 2014

I just read that this sweet girl passed away. What a tragedy for everyone involved.