A 9-year-old girl died on Thursday, Dec. 12, after being struck by a school bus in Bethesda, Maryland, officials said.

Police and fire officials said the accident happened at around 3:49 p.m.

The girl was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries after she was struck. She was pronounced dead Thursday night.

According to Montgomery County Public Schools officials, the girl was a fourth-grade student at Bradley Hills Elementary School.

Police said the school bus driver is cooperating and there is no indication of impairment.

Bradley Hills Principal Karen Caroscio sent a letter home to parents and guardians after the crash occurred, as below:

“The purpose of this letter is to inform you about an incident that occurred after school this afternoon involving one of our fourth-grade students.

The student was struck by a Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) bus after exiting the bus. It was reported that the bus was turning a corner when the student was struck. Police and paramedics were called immediately and the student was transported to the hospital. The police are investigating the accident.

The care and concern expressed by the community is appreciated. I recognize that many of you are wondering if there is anything you can do to support the family.

As you can imagine, the family is devoting their full attention to their child, and they have asked for us to respect their privacy at this time. Our thoughts go out to the family as we wish the student a full recovery.

We will have counselors available at school tomorrow morning. If you have questions or if your child needs specific supports, please contact us tomorrow at school.”

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