SHERIDAN, WY— At approximately 3:06 p.m. on Monday, the Sheridan Police Department, along with Rocky Mountain Ambulance and Sheridan Fire-Rescue, responded to Coffeen Elementary for the report of a child that was struck by a school bus.
According to a press release from SPD, officers discovered a 6-year-old student lying directly in front of the passenger’s side rear tires of a school bus upon arrival. Witnesses advised that the child ran to the side of the bus as it was leaving the bus loop in attempts to stop the driver when the child was pulled beneath the bus. EMS and fire personnel arrived and quickly transported the child to Sheridan Memorial Hospital.
The child was transported via air ambulance and is currently at the Aurora Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado.
The name of the child and others involved are being withheld due to the active investigation.
Superintendent of Sheridan County School District #2, Craig Dougherty, released the following statement on Tuesday:
“Words cannot express how much we care for every child in our district. Their health and safety is more important than anything.
We are devastated by this accident and are all praying for the student and her family. Our entire leadership team, school psychologists and counselors, principals, school resource officers, and teachers are working together to provide support for our staff and students.
Our full efforts and concern as a district are focused on the family, and the emotional wellbeing of our students and staff.”
The Wyoming Highway Patrol is assisting the Sheridan Police Department in the investigation.
Updates on the investigation will be provided as they are available.