6-year-old girl hit by her school bus in Otsego, hospitalized


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A 6-year-old girl returning home on her last day of kindergarten was hospitalized after she was hit by her school bus in Otsego on Thursday afternoon.

FOX 9 reports the girl got off the bus and dropped something in the street.

"Lots of stuff to bring home, last day of school – she dropped some stuff," witness Jamie Plantenberg-Selbitschka told FOX. "I don't know if something went under. She went down to pick it up and the bus driver didn't realize she hadn't crossed the street yet and started to go forward."

The family of the girl, identified by authorities as Keira Devens, declined to release her condition Friday, the Star Tribune reports.

WCCO reports that the girl's parents witnessed the incident. They had come in their car to meet the girl at the bus stop so she wouldn't have walk a short distance to home in the rain, FOX reports.

“He (the father) just hopped out of the car and was running out there yelling at the bus to stop, they were both yelling at the bus driver to stop,” neighbor Valerie Hickman told WCCO. “I heard them yelling so I came out and I saw her laying on the ground under the bus.”

Hickman said the girl had bad scrapes, had lost some teeth and her leg was "banged up.” Neighbors told reporters the girl was conscious after the incident. A helicopter took her to the hospital.

Neighbors also told reporters that the parents had jumped out of the car to warn the driver and did not put the car in park, and it rolled into the school bus. No one was injured when that happened, KSTP reports.

Neighbors told KARE 11 that the bus driver is a grandmother and an experienced driver, and she was very distraught after the incident.

Otsego is in Wright County, roughly 30 miles northwest of Minneapolis.

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