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January 07, 2014  |   Comments (9)   |   Post a comment

Boy struck by school bus in New Jersey, later dies

By Kelly Aguinaldo


WATERFORD, N.J. — An investigation is ongoing into an incident in which a 6-year-old boy was struck by a school bus on Monday morning and died a short time later.

Authorities have not issued many details about the incident, but according to the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, the unidentified bus driver has not been charged, the Courier-Post reports.

“It appears while the bus was stopped to pick up children, the victim began walking around the front of the bus,” the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office said, according to the newspaper. “When the vehicle began moving forward again, it struck the child.”

Edmond Bock was struck shortly before 8:30 a.m., and he was pronounced dead at 9:15 a.m. at a hospital. The boy’s mother, Candice Bock, witnessed the incident.

Waterford Township School District Superintendent Newlin Schoener said in a statement on the district’s website on Monday that counselors and administrators from the district were at the school the boy attended to meet with students and staff. No details were shared with children, but Schoener said arrangements were made to have counselors talk to each classroom at Atco Elementary School on Tuesday.

Counseling services would also be made available throughout the district to any students or parents, and resources on dealing with tragedy and helping children cope with loss were posted on the district’s website.

Schoener called the incident a “great tragedy” that “breaks the heart of every parent and staff member of Waterford Township."

“At this time we do not have the full details of how this accident occurred,” he added. “The local law enforcement is conducting the investigation. Out of respect for the persons involved, we ask that families refrain from speculating as to what occurred.”

Schoener told the Courier-Post that the bus driver was a substitute for Hillman’s Bus Service Inc. with 25 years of experience.

“As of right now we are treating this as a tragic accident,” Hillman’s Bus Service Inc. Manager Dan Hillman told the newspaper. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.”

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I'm a transportaion supervisor a school district in ohio. My heart goes out to all involved,my drivers do everything they can to keep something like this from happening here at our is not the time to blame anyone the people of that town need to pull together and help that family during this time.And I'm sure the driver will need support for many years to come

Roger    |    Jan 10, 2014 11:53 AM

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Steve Gardner, President,    |    Jan 09, 2014 11:31 AM

Thoughts and prays for all involved.

Wendy Konz    |    Jan 08, 2014 09:07 AM

This is horrible. Right now there are folks sitting around a table determining disciplinary action for the driver. Do you think they were at fault for this tragedy?

Robin Ray    |    Jan 08, 2014 06:29 AM

My heart goes out to all involved. What a tragic accident. School buses are still the safest way to move school age children.

Mike    |    Jan 08, 2014 06:12 AM

Thoughts and prayers to the family of the little boy, the bus driver and bus company, the community, and all involved.

Kristine    |    Jan 07, 2014 05:32 PM

That is a fear for every bus driver! My heart goes out to the little boys family. The bus driver is also going through her own hell...

Yvon    |    Jan 07, 2014 05:11 PM

My heart goes out to all involved here. What a tragic thing to happen.

Kriss    |    Jan 07, 2014 03:07 PM

Our hearts go out to all involved.

Bruce    |    Jan 07, 2014 02:27 PM

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