Eric King, NBC 5 News
A boy was run over by a school bus and killed Monday morning near Springtown. Investigators say 10-year-old Haven Norton was walking to catch the bus when he tripped and fell. The bus driver didn't see the boy and struck him while pulling away.
An 10-year-old boy is dead after being run over by a school bus in Parker County Monday morning.
Sgt. Lonny Haschel, with the Texas Department of Public Safety, said Haven Norton was killed after he tripped and fell into the path of the bus that had just pulled away from the bus stop on Hilltop Drive.
Haschel said the bus driver did not see the boy approach due to an "undetermined reason."
Norton, a student at Springtown Elementary School, was "very into sports and didn't have a mean bone in his body," according to family member Portia Morgan. "Everyone is still trying to process that he's still not here."
"I'd just like to say this is very difficult for the family right now, and Haven was a wonderful young man," said Carrie Morgan, family member.
The bus had four students and two adults onboard at the time of the incident, troopers said. They do not believe the children on board saw Norton get hit.
Springtown ISD Superintendent Mike Kelley released the following statement on the incident:
“We are deeply saddened to confirm reports that one of our 4th grade students from Springtown Elementary died this morning as a result of an accident involving a bus. No other students were injured. Our counselors' Crisis Management Team is on campus visiting with other students at this time. Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with the young man's family as they deal with this tragedy. Additional information is not available at this time.”
Officials at the school said counselors are being made available to anyone who needs them.
It is unknown if a video camera was installed on the bus. The driver of the bus, who has been driving for the district for two years, is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
NBC 5's Eric King and Frank Heinz contributed to this report.