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Child struck and killed near Memphis elementary school

Police say a young child was struck and killed by a day care bus Monday afternoon in Memphis in Memphis.

According to police, a 6-year-old boy was hit by the bus at about 2:40 p.m. Monday at Oakshire Elementary School.

"I just came outside and saw police and ambulances everywhere," said Ronald Harper.

The driver of the bus, a worker from Pee Wee Wisdom Learning Center, stayed at the scene after the accident. According to police, the boy was hit by the front of the bus.

"We're interviewing students and some adults that were actually out here on the scene," MPD Major Loris Hopkins said.

But officers received different accounts about what happened. Investigators know for certain the child was hit in the parking lot. But administrators and parents were surprised something like this happened, because adults are always with the children when school is dismissed - a process that is normally orderly.

Meanwhile, the child was taken to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, where he died. Jennifer Washington walked out of the hospital, having rushed there as soon as she heard the news about her nephew.

"My sister, right now it seems like she's in shock," Washington said of the boy's mother. "She's not saying much. I can tell she is hurt."

Family members said the boy had three sisters and a brother.

"He was a good little kid," Washington said. "He always liked to come over to my house and play with my son. He was just an active little boy."

Gloria Henderson rushed to the school when she heard a child was hit, wondering if it was her child a third grader at the school.

"I didn't have a cell phone with me today," she said.

She also wondered what she will tell her child.

"I'm quite sure he's going to be asking me what's going on," she said.

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