CO girl Annaliese Backner dies after falling under school bus

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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 the Thursday morning incident.

The coroner’s office was called to the site of the tragic incident in Parachute, Colorado, around 7.30am on Thursday morning.

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

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

KKCO reported that the initial investigated manner of death was an accident.

A contract forensic pathologist is conducting an autopsy. An official cause and manner of death will be released once the autopsy report is done.

Backner, who went by Anna, was a sixth grader at Grand Valley Middle School.

Her parents requested 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 No. 16- sad for our schools, sad for our community and sad for our households.

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

“Our primary response moving forward is to honor the family’s privacy and care for students and staff during this tragic loss.

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

The investigation was ongoing.

This story originally appeared on The Sun and has been reproduced here with permission.

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