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Investigation underway after child hit by school bus

SOUTH JORDAN (ABC 4 Utah) - A 10-year-old girl remained in extremely critical condition at Primary Children's Medical Center on Thursday, one day after she was struck by a school bus in South Jordan.
SOUTH JORDAN (ABC 4 Utah) - A 10-year-old girl remained in extremely critical condition at Primary Children's Medical Center on Thursday, one day after she was struck by a school bus in South Jordan.

According to police the 5th grader at Welby Elementary School had just exited her bus and was attempting to cross 4000 West near 10570 South outside of the crosswalk when she was hit by a second southbound bus. Her mother was waiting for her nearby.

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

Jordan School District Communications Director Sandy Riesgraf said the District was doing everything they could to help the girl's family and schoolmates.

"We are honestly focusing our attention on Welby," Riesgraf said. "On her classmates there and the students who were on these two buses and may have witnessed this accident. We're getting them counselors, the help that they need if they need to talk about it if their parents need to talk about it."

Meanwhile the District and the Utah Highway Patrol assisted the West Jordan Police Department with gathering detailed information for their investigation.

"We want to make sure we have all our witnesses collected, talk to them, get all their statements down, ask questions," Sgt. Sam Winkler said. "We've been talking to the bus drivers. They've been cooperating with this. We've also been working with the school district on getting the data from the buses which will tell us whether lights were activated, speeds so on and so forth. They've been cooperating."

Riesgraf told ABC 4 News that both drivers were following proper safety procedures.

"We follow all state code when it comes to the operation of the bus and it appears that those drivers were following the state code," Riesgraf said. "That's what we ask all of our drivers to do and that's what we do as a district."

The two drivers involved did not work Thursday and have been offered counseling.

The investigation could take weeks to complete.
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