09/27/2013 12:50 EDT | Updated 11/27/2013 05:12 EST

Child, 6, killed after being struck by school bus near Edmonton

A six-year-old child has been struck by a school bus and killed in St. Albert, on the northwest border of Edmonton.

The boy was walking to school at 8:40 a.m. with other students on Friday when he was struck by a bus turning right from Sir Winston Churchill Avenue onto Woodlands Road.

There are no lights at the intersection, which is marked by a crosswalk. 


Keohane called the boy's death an "absolutely tragic loss" that will have a profound effect on the school, he said. 

The bus was carrying students from the public school district at the time.

A critical response team is also at the school to support students, Keohane said.

Alberta Education Minister Jeff Johnson offered his condolences to the boy's family.

"The loss of a young life is tragic and, as a father, my heart breaks for the child's parents," Johnson said in a news release. "My prayers are with the family during this difficult time."