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Classmates shock at child's death
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A nine-year-old girl killed in an accident after getting off a schoolbus in County Armagh has been named as Jessica Lennon.

The child was struck by the bus just yards from her home at High Street in Bessbrook on Thursday afternoon.

Jessica's pregnant mother was at her side within minutes to comfort her as she died.

Classmates at St Joseph's Primary who were with her when she stepped off the vehicle have been left traumatised.

One of her neighbours, Stephen McAleenan, said she had been a popular girl. "Everyone knew her, everyone liked her," he said.

The bus involved in the accident remained at the scene until police had completed their investigations.

A Translink spokesperson extended "our sincere thoughts and prayers to the young girl's family and friends".

They added: "Translink will be working in conjunction with the PSNI to conduct a full and thorough investigation into this tragic accident."

Sinn Fein councillor Pat McGinn said it was "a terrible blow for the family of the young child killed and the community who are close knit".

SDLP councillor John Feehan, who lives close to the accident scene, said the bus driver was in a "terrible state".

Barbara McCann reports on the accident

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