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10-year-old South Jordan girl in critical condition after being hit by school bus

Shortly after school got out Wednesday, a Jordan School District bus carrying elementary students pulled over at its regular stop 4000 West and Cedar wood lane. The 10-year-old girl got off and was crossing the street in front of the bus when she was hit by an oncoming school bus.

*Previous versions of this story stated the girl's age was 8. She is actually 10.*

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – A 10-year-old South Jordan girl is fighting for her life after being hit by a school bus.

Shortly after school got out Wednesday, a Jordan School District bus carrying elementary students pulled over at its regular stop 4000 West and Cedar wood lane. The 10-year-old girl got off and was crossing the street in front of the bus when she was hit by an oncoming school bus.

Nathan Gooch lives near the intersection. He told ABC 4 Utah, "Normally as soon as the bus stops right there, the stops signs go out on either side of the bus, the lights are flashing. It's very apparent to either side of traffic that they're not allowed to pass."

Gooch says he and other neighbors can't understand how something like this could happen.

"It's the same school system, the same school even and you would think that if they're stopping and pulling over they understand that there's kids getting out...it's baffling,” said Gooch.


Neighbors say several parents were waiting for their children to get off the bus when the accident happened and that the 10-year-old's mother wasn't far away.

Rose Torres told ABC 4 Utah, "What I saw was the mother running and screaming followed by her daughter on the cell phone saying ‘please come, send police, send an ambulance."


Torres said the bus driver was also reportedly visibly upset. "I just saw the bus driver just putting her head like this on the steering wheel."

While the little girl was rushed to the hospital in extremely critical condition the other students on the bus had to remain there until it was safe to exit, which means many of them may have seen the accident.


Sandy Riesgraf, Director of Communications for the Jordan School District said, “Our thoughts right now are with the child that was involved and that child's family. Tomorrow we will have extra personnel at the school so any children who may have witnessed this accident and are having a difficult time or have questions we will have people willing and ready to talk to them.

We're told neighbors have stepped in to take care of the 10-year-old's siblings while her parents are by her side. They say she underwent surgery at Primary Children’s Hospital.

"At this point they just need prayers and of course they'll need the support of friends and neighbors here,” said Gooch.

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