Girl in coma after struck by bus

A SIX-YEAR-OLD girl is fighting for her life after being struck by a school bus in a horrific Lockyer Valley accident.

Kirsty Jarvie was yesterday in an induced coma with severe trauma and internal bleeding after being struck by a bus just moments after she and her nine-year-old brother were dropped off at their Plainland home.

Kirsty’s brother rushed to her aid before raising the alarm with nearby neighbours about 3.30pm on Tuesday.

Police said the collision appeared to be a “terrible accident”.

Family and friends have maintained a bedside vigil to the child.

Older brother Cameron MacGregor, 16, said his sister was a “little fighter” who would pull through.

“My little sister is a ... trooper. She will fight it and win,” Cameron said.

Kirsty and her nine-year-old brother, students at Glenore Grove Primary School, had just been dropped of at Gehrke and Otto Rd intersection by their school bus when the incident happened.

Laidley acting officer in charge Senior Sergeant Andy Howlett said the cause of the accident was still under investigation.

“It appears the (female) bus driver wasn’t aware of the incident,” Snr Sgt Howlett said.

“At this stage it appears to be just a terrible accident.”

The bus has been impounded for a mechanical check.

Snr Sgt Howlett said they were yet to interview the girl’s nine-year-old brother, believed to be the only witness.

A Main Roads spokesman said the department was assisting police with the investigation.

Meanwhile tributes and well wishes to the child are pouring in through social networking sites.

Ryan and Maretta McDonald posted on Facebook, “She is a tough little chicky with a cheeky smile”.

“We are sending lots of love and best wishes to our beautiful girl.”

The child was taken to the Ipswich General Hospital before being transferred to the Mater Children’s Hospital, where she was yesterday in a critical condition in intensive care.

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