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Monday, 17 February, 2003, 18:21 GMT
Girl dies after being hit by bus
University Hospital of Wales
The 13-year-old girl died at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff
An investigation has been launched following the death of a schoolgirl who was killed after being hit by a bus as she crossed the road.

Jade Sanderson, 13, of St Mellons, Cardiff, was struck after getting off her school bus in the St Mellons area of the city.

We can understand because we lost our own son four years ago in an accident

Len Ackerman councillor

It is believed she was hit by a bus travelling in the opposite direction.

The teenager died as a result of her injuries at University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

The incident has devastated the local community.

Cardiff councillor, Len Ackerman, who lives in St Mellons, lost his son in an accident four years ago.

Raise concerns

He said he would write to the family to offer them his support.

"I don't live far from that area and what's happened is pretty dreadful," he said.

"We can understand because we lost our own son four years ago in an accident.

"I will write to the parents because we've experienced this kind of thing - my wife will never get over it," he added.

Cardiff Council has pledged to inspect the scene at Willowbrook Drive, St Mellons to determine if any improvements need to be made to the road to prevent a similar incident.

Mr Ackerman, who represents the Trowbridge ward of Cardiff said the council are right to act.

"I have seen buses on each side of the road and it does concern me when the children get off the bus, but I don't know what happened in this case," he added.


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