11-year-old girl dies after tripping and falling under wheels of her school bus

Rest in peace, sweet Annaliese.


A truly tragic incident during which an 11-year-old girl lost her life took place in the small town of Parachute, Colorado, on Thursday.

Annaliese Backner, a sixth grader at Grand Valley Middle school in Parachute, was running to catch the school bus when she tripped and fell under the moving vehicle. Unfortunately she died at the scene due to blunt force trauma.

As the community mourns her tragic passing, her family requested that her photo and identity be released to the public.

Brad Ray, superintendent for Garfield County School District 16, described the event as a “sad day for all.”

“Today is a sad day for all,” he said during a press conference.

“It’s a sad day for schools, it’s a sad day for our community, and it’s sad day tonight in households. Our primary responsibility moving forward is to honor the families privacy and care for our students during this tragic loss.”

Parachute Police and Grand Valley Fire came to Annaliese rescue but nothing could be done to save her life.

At the moment, the death of the girl has been investigated as an accident and a final autopsy report is expected to be revealed in the weeks that follow.

Rest in peace, sweet Annaliese.