Child struck, killed by school bus in Camden County

ATCO, N.J. - January 6, 2014

Family members identified the boy as Edmond Bock IV.

His father, Edmond Bock III, spoke with Action News Monday evening.

"It doesn't feel real to us cause we're just thinking he's going to be coming home tonight," the boy's father said.

The accident happened shortly before 8:30 a.m. on Aqua Lane in the Atco section of Waterford Township.

According to the Camden County Prosecutor's office, the bus was stopped to pick up children who attend Atco School when Bock walked in front of the vehicle.

The bus began moving again and hit the boy, investigators said.

According to Waterford Township School District officials and the boy's father, there was heavy rain at the time of the tragic accident.

"We've been up in his bedroom the majority of the day. We've had family and friends over. Now, I start thinking, where are we going to bury him?" Edmond Bock III said.

No charges have been filed at this time. Toxicology tests are pending, but sources tell Action News that it does not appear that the bus driver was impaired.

According to the school district, that bus driver was a substitute driver for the Hillman Bus Company, but he has 25 years of experience.

Counselors and administrators from the Waterford Township School District were at Atco School today to meet with students and staff.

Authorities say no details were shared with children, but arrangements have been made with counselors to talk with each classroom at Atco School on Tuesday.

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