HEBER CITY, Utah, April 15, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A 6-year-old girl was injured Monday afternoon after being dragged by a school bus in Wasatch County.
The Wasatch County School bus was eastbound on U.S. Highway 40 at approximately 3:45 p.m., and stopped to drop a couple students off at the intersection with Potter Lane, just northwest of Heber City, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Nick Street told Gephardt Daily.
“According to initial reports, a female student had part of her backpack get caught on the side of the bus, possibly the wheel,” Street said.
As the bus started moving again, the girl was dragged for about 10 to 15 feet before the bus stopped again.
The student sustained minor injuries, and was transported to the Heber Valley Hospital by ground ambulance, Street said.
A statement emailed to Gephardt Daily by Wasatch County School District said: “Today, upon exiting the school bus, a student received non life-threatening injuries.”
WCSD and UHP are currently investigating the incident and the driver has been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation, the statement said.
“The safety and well-being of our 7,000 students is the number one priority of Wasatch County School District,” the statement concluded. “Our thoughts are with the student and her family.”