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Susan Jordan, Principal Killed by Bus, Pushed Kids Out of Way

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Susan Jordan was principal of Amy Beverland Elementary School in Indianapolis. (Lawrence Township)

By    |   Thursday, 28 Jan 2016 11:11 AM

A teacher who witnessed a school bus in Indianapolis lurch forward onto a sidewalk while students were being dismissed said Principal Susan Jordan pushed several students to safety before she was fatally struck. The bus driver told firefighters the same thing.

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

Authorities are still investigating what caused the bus to accelerate.

Third-grade teacher Debbie Thie said everything happened so fast, but believes she saw Susan Jordan pushed six to 10 children out of the way of the bus, reported The Associated Press.

Thie said Jordan was in her usual position outside Amy Beverland Elementary School, trying to keep order as school let out Tuesday afternoon.

Thie said 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 said her first instinct was to get her children back inside so they wouldn't see what was happening.

Indianapolis Police Sgt. Kendale Adams said investigators are "going off the premise this was a tragic and unfortunate accident." He said the driver showed no visible signs of impairment.

Adams saod 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. 

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