COLUMBUS, Ohio — A Worthington sixth-grade student was killed in a crash involving a semi-truck in north Columbus Tuesday morning.
The crash happened in the area of North High Street and Lazelle Road East just after 6:35 a.m.
Columbus Division of Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin said the semi-truck collided with the vehicle where a woman and the 11-year-old girl were inside.
The girl was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:58 a.m.
The woman and driver of the truck were taken to Riverside Methodist Hospital and their conditions were described as stable.
High Street at Lazelle Road East has reopened after being shut down for several hours.
Worthington Schools Superintendent Trent Bowers issued a letter just before noon to alert families that the girl killed in the crash was a student at Perry Middle School. Officials said that the woman injured was the girl's stepmother and an employee at the district.
Bowers said in the letter the family is asking for privacy and respect at this time.
You can read the full letter to families below.
Dear Worthington Schools Families,
It is with heavy hearts that we inform you of the death of one of our students, a sixth grader at Perry Middle School, in a car accident earlier today. We understand that the loss of a young life is an unimaginable tragedy, and our thoughts and condolences go out to the family, friends, and loved ones affected by this loss.
The student was a beloved member of our school community, and her passing has left a void that will be felt by all those who knew her. The Worthington Schools family also extends our deepest sympathies to the student's step-mother, who is an employee of the district.
We understand that this news may be difficult to process and that it may raise questions and concerns for our students, staff, and families. Our school counselors and support staff will be available to assist anyone who needs help during this difficult time.
We ask for privacy and respect for the family during this time.
Please keep the family, friends, and loved ones affected by this loss in your thoughts.