Boy dies after being run over by Springtown school bus

Posted Monday, May. 13, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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A 10-year-old boy was struck and killed by a Springtown school district school bus early Monday morning outside his home.

The accident occurred about 6:30 a.m. at 121 Hilltop Meadows, between Springtown and Azle, as the bus stopped to pick up another child across the street from the boy’s home, said Department of Public Safety trooper Gary Rozzell.

“The woman bus driver stopped the bus and activated the lights,” Rozzell said. “The boy came up beside the bus as she deactivated the lights. The bus started to pull forward and the boy couldn't get out of the way, and was struck by the left front of the vehicle.”

The boy, Haven Lee Norton, tripped and fell down in front of the bus, authorities said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The only witness to the accident was his mother.

“Unfortunately, yes, she witnessed the accident,” Rozzell said.

Norton was a fourth-grader at Springtown Elementary School and was new to riding the bus.

The bus driver, whose name wasn’t released, voluntarily submitted to drug and alcohol testing following the accident, which is school district policy, Rozzell said.

At the time of the accident, there were four children onboard as well as another bus driver, Rozzell said. It isn’t clear if the bus driver saw the child.

“She didn’t say,” Rozzell said.

Investigators checked the bus to see if the lights and brakes were working properly and found no issues. It was released back to the school district. Rozzell said.

Bill Hanna, 817-390-7698 Twitter: @fwhanna

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