A child died after being run over by a school bus on Friday morning in southeast Missouri.
The boy had missed the bus in Poplar Bluff, KFVS 12 reported, and was running to catch it when he tripped and fell.
The child ended up under the wheels, and died at a Poplar Bluff area hospital at about 7:45 a.m. , the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.
The Butler County Coroner told KWOC radio that other children were on the bus when it hit the boy at about 7:10 a.m.
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The school district released the following statement, according to KFVS Channel 12:
"The Poplar Bluff School District was saddened to learn that one of our Middle School students was involved in a fatal accident this morning.
"The student was running to catch the bus unbeknownst to the driver and reportedly tripped and fell under the wheels, according to the Highway Patrol. The Major Crash Team is on the scene performing a mechanical inspection with our full cooperation.
"A Crisis Center has been established at the Middle School Media Center to aid students, parents, and staff as they cope with this tragic turn of events. Grief counseling professionals will continue to be available indefinitely where they are needed.
"Please take care of each other as we work through this sad, sad day."