Officials say 8-year-old Lexie Worrells got off the bus and walked in front of it. Investigators say the little girl either got off the bus at the wrong time, or at the wrong stop, and the bus driver apparently did not realize she was in front of the bus.
The accident happened in the Alabama/Florida border town of Florala around 3:00pm Thursday.
Friday afternoon the Covington County School Superintendent, Terry Holley, issued a statement saying in part:
The Covington County Schools are saddened by the death in Florala yesterday. The child involved was brave, resilient and smart and she will be terribly missed. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family, her classmates, her teachers and the community.
Holley said counselors were made available to students and staff and community members who needed someone to talk to.
He added that the bus driver, not identified, has been suspended pending a police investigation.
At this time no charges have been brought against the driver, though the case could be turned over to a grand jury at some point.
The case remains under investigation.