9-year-old girl dies after being dragged by school bus in Plainfield

(Photo courtesy: MGN)

(Photo courtesy: MGN)

PLAINFIELD, MA – According to CBS News, Massachusetts State police are investigation an incident where a 9-year-old girl died after she was dragged by a school bus after exiting.

The accident occurred around 4 p.m. Friday when she was dropped off at her stop on South Central Street in Plainfield.

Investigators believe that upon exiting, the young girl was not fully clear from the bus when the door was closed.

She was then caught in the door as the operator drove away, leaving her to be dragged a short distance and struck by the bus.

The girl was a student of the school in the area and a number of other children were present on the bus during the time of the incident.

The name of the school or the bus company has not been released at this time.

The male operator of the bus company has also not been released at this time.

The male operator of the bus is being interviewed by State police detectives attached to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office.

State troopers from the Northampton Barracks, Plainfield Fire and EMS responded to the scene.

A State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Team along with the State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section has processed the scene.