Elementary school principal pushed kids to safety before being fatally hit by bus, teacher says

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on a bus crash at an Indianapolis elementary school that killed the school’s principal (all times local):

6:20 p.m.

A third-grade teacher who witnessed an Indianapolis school bus lurch forward onto a sidewalk while students were being dismissed says the principal pushed several students to safety before she was fatally struck.

Debbie Thie says everything happened so fast, but believes she saw Susan Jordan pushed six to 10 children out of the way of the bus.

Thie says Jordan was in her usual position outside Amy Beverland Elementary School Principal, trying to keep everyone safe as school let out Tuesday afternoon.

Thie says she saw one boy trapped under a wheel. She says she thought several students were trapped under the bus, and was surprised to learn later there weren’t more victims.

She says her first instinct was to get her children back inside so they wouldn’t see what was happening.

5:15 p.m.

Colleagues of the Indiana elementary school principal who was fatally hit by a bus outside her school say she made it a point to get to know every student and bring out the best in each of them.

Amy Beverland Elementary School Principal Susan Jordan was killed Tuesday afternoon when a bus suddenly lurched forward and struck her. Her funeral has been scheduled for Saturday.

The president of the school’s parent-faculty organization, Amy Bilyeu, says Jordan expected the best out of everyone. She says Jordan did “everything in her power to make sure that any child that attended that school is going to be successful.”

Denna Renbarger is director of early childhood education for the school district. She says Jordan “loved that school with every inch of her.”

2:15 p.m.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of an elementary school principal who pushed children out of the way before being struck and killed by a school bus.

Pence’s office says flags will be lowered at state facilities in Marion County from sunrise to sunset on the day of Susan Jordan’s funeral, which has not yet been announced.

The governor is also asking businesses and residents to lower flags.

Jordan was the principal of Amy Beverland Elementary School in Indianapolis, on the city’s far northeast side. She was killed Tuesday when a school bus suddenly lurched forward and went over a curb outside the school.

Two 10-year-old children were also struck. Both were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Authorities are still investigating what caused the bus to accelerate.

1:20 p.m.

Indianapolis police say an initial investigation has found no mechanical problem on a bus that lurched forward and fatally struck an elementary school principal.

Indianapolis Police Sgt. Kendale Adams said Wednesday that the investigation is ongoing into what caused the bus to strike Susan Jordan and injure two 10-year-old students Tuesday afternoon.

Adams says investigators are “going off the premise this was a tragic and unfortunate accident.” He says the driver showed no visible signs of impairment.

Adams says the bus was parked in a line near a sidewalk with other buses about 2:45 p.m. when for “some unknown reason it went over the curb” and struck Jordan. The bus driver told firefighters that she saw Jordan push several students out of the way.

The students were hospitalized with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

2 a.m.

An Indianapolis fire official says an elementary school principal was seen pushing several students out of the way of an oncoming bus before the vehicle fatally struck her.

Authorities say Susan Jordan, the principal of Amy Beverland Elementary School, was killed Tuesday when the school bus suddenly lurched forward.

Indianapolis Fire Department Capt. Rita Reith (ryt) says buses were lined up outside the school when the accident happened. She says one bus went over a curb and struck Jordan and two 10-year-old children. The children were hospitalized with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Reith says the female bus driver told firefighters she saw Jordan push several students out of the way before she was hit. The driver also said she was not sure what caused the bus to accelerate.

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