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11-year-old girl who died after tripping under moving school bus has been identified

An 11-year-old girl died in rural Colorado after tripping as she ran to catch her school bus and getting run over by the moving wheels, authorities said Thursday.

Annaliese Backner, who went by “Anna,” was a sixth grader at Grand Valley Middle School in Parachute, the Garfield County Coroner’s Office said Friday.

Annaliese Backner, 11, died after she tripped and fell underneath a moving school bus in Parachute March 3, 2022. (Photo provided by Garfield County Coroner’s Office)

Parachute is about 40 miles northwest of Grand Junction. The town has a population of almost 1,400 residents according to U.S. Census data.

She was pronounced dead at the scene and the investigation is ongoing, according to the Parachute Police Department.


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