Alabama girl killed as she boarded school bus in front of her house, authorities say

Published 1:32 pm Thursday, October 5, 2023

An Alabama teenage girl was killed Thursday morning at a school bus stop in front of her house as a truck hit the stopped bus she was preparing to board.

The accident happened shortly after 7 a.m. Thursday on U.S. 231 in St. Clair County near the Blount County line.

The 15-year-old girl was reportedly a student at Appalachian School and preparing to board the bus along with her siblings when the bus was struck by a truck, authorities said.

The girl was pronounced dead at the scene.

Blount County Schools Superintendent Rodney Green issued a statement on social media after the accident.

“It is with a heavy and broken heart that we share the news of a devastating, tragic accident at a bus stop this morning that took the life of one of our students at Appalachian School,” Green wrote. “This is certainly one of the most difficult things that our school and our community have had to face. Appalachian School is a close-knit community school that loves and supports its students, and our thoughts and prayers go out to them.”

“I want to thank our first responders, our community members, counselors and employees for their assistance with the families involved and with our students impacted at the school,” Green wrote. “Thanks for the outpouring of love, prayers, and support for the family, our school, and our community and please remember them in the difficult days ahead.”