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Janesville student dies in school bus accident


An 11-year-old Janesville student has died after being struck by his own school bus late Monday afternoon in Bremer County.

The Iowa State Patrol reports the victim as 11-year old Justin Bradfield of Janesville, a 6th grader at Janesville elementary school.

The tragic accident occurred just before 4:00 Monday afternoon, when Janesville school bus driver, Michaela Siems-Dighton, was letting students off after school in the 2600 block of Dakota Avenue in rural Janesville. 

Authorities say Bradfield had just gotten off his bus, but, unknown to the driver, had moved back in front of the bus to pick up something he had dropped on the gravel road.  The bus began to move on to the next stop on the route and struck Bradfield in the roadway.

Rescue personnel rushed Bradfield by ambulance to the Waverly Health Center, where he was pronounced dead just after 9 p.m.  

We talked with Bradfield's father , Ryan, by phone Tuesday morning. 

"This was just a horrible accident.  Justin loved life and was a great kid," he said.

Memorial services are pending with Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly.  A benefit fund has been established for the family with Veridian Credit Union.  Bradfield is survived by his parents and two brothers.

Following the accident, the Janesville School District released the following statement via its website:

Dear JCSD Parents & Community,

It is with great sadness that I inform you that Justin Bradfield, a 6th grade student, was involved in a tragic accident in which he was struck by a school bus after school today.  Justin's injuries were such that he did not survive.

Administrators and counselors are currently making preparations for what is sure to be a very difficult day.  Our media center will be set up as an extended counseling center throughout the day, with counseling and clergy services available to students as needed.

We will expect, understand, and accept a variety of emotions and behaviors as we move forward.  Please know that we will be attentive to the various developmental levels of our students in our efforts to support and help students cope with this tragic loss.

Should you have questions and/or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Steve Gray, Superintendent
Janesville CSD


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