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School Bus Runs Over Child In North Texas [Video]

Authorities say an elementary school student in north Texas was killed this week after he was run over by a school bus on its morning route.

According to KDFW, 10-year-old Haven Lee Norton died Monday after he was hit by a school bus near Springtown, Texas, about 20 miles northwest of Fort Worth.

A Department of Public Safety spokesman said the school bus had stopped to pick up some children and was pulling away when Norton tripped and fell as he approached the vehicle.

Police reports stated the bus driver did not see the child approaching the bus as it began to leave the stop.

“The woman bus driver stopped the bus and activated the lights,” DPS trooper Gary Rozzell said. “The boy came up beside the bus as she deactivated the lights. The bus started to pull forward and the boy couldn’t get out of the way, and was struck by the left front of the vehicle.”

Haven was pronounced dead at the scene.

There were four other children on the bus at the time of the deadly accident.

It is unknown if a video camera was installed on the bus.

Following the incident, Haven Norton’s elementary school released a statement which read:

“We are deeply saddened to confirm reports that one of our fourth grade students from Springtown Elementary died this morning as a result of an accident involving a bus. Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with the young man’s family as they deal with this tragedy.”

The bus driver, whose name wasn’t released, voluntarily submitted to drug and alcohol testing following the accident, which is school district policy.

Investigators also thoroughly inspected the bus itself to see if the lights and brakes were working properly and found no issues.

It was released back to the school district, according to the DPS.

More on Haven Norton’s tragic death in the video below:

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