CO girl Annaliese Backner dies after falling under school bus

The girl who died after falling under a moving school bus in Colorado has been identified.

The Garfield County Coroner’s Office confirmed that Annaliese Backner, 11, was the victim of Thursday morning’s incident.

The coroner’s office was called to the scene of the tragic incident in Parachute, Colorado, around 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

The Parachute City Police Department said Backner tripped while running to her school bus. She then reportedly fell under the wheels of the moving bus, according to a local NBC affiliate KKCO.

Parachute police and Grand Valley Fire responded to the scene where Backner was pronounced dead.

KKCO reported that the cause of death originally investigated was accidental.

A coroner is conducting an autopsy. An official cause of death and manner of death will be released once the autopsy report is available.

Backner, nicknamed Anna, was a sixth grader at Grand Valley Middle School.

Her parents demanded that her photo and identity be released to the public.

Garfield County School District No. 16 released a statement acknowledging Backner’s death.

“Today is a sad day for Garfield County School District #16 — sad for our schools, sad for our community, and sad for our households.

“District 16 has provided and will continue to provide mental health and grief support to students, staff and the community.

“Our primary response going forward is to respect the privacy of the family and the care of students and staff during this tragic loss.

“This is an ongoing investigation and District 16 is cooperating fully with all authorities involved. We will not be releasing any additional information at this time.”

The investigations continued.

This story originally appeared on The sun and is reproduced here with permission. CO girl Annaliese Backner dies after falling under school bus


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